Kal Penn leaves House for Obama... no, seriously

Kalpenn "House" fans are still in shock over last night's unexplainable turn of events. At this late hour however, we are getting some answers as to why what happened actually went down.

If you haven't yet seen this week's episode, stop reading now...

The suicide of Kal Penn's "House" character Lawrence Kutner came as a major surprise to not only viewers of the show on Monday night, but to Kutner's on screen colleagues too. Why would such an intelligent, talented kid want to end his life so abruptly? What was going through the head of this young man, sweet and caring enough to babysit Cuddy's daughter?  

Well, turns out that's the tale executive producers David Shore and Katie Jacobs intend to tell throughout the rest of this "House" season.

Speaking to EW.com's Michael Ausiello, Jacobs explained that House cannot wrap his head around why Kutner would do this and therefore it really throws him: "He is the man who can't rest until the puzzle is solved. So the idea that he worked in such close proximity to Kutner and didn't see it coming [is an interesting story to us]."

But the truly fascinating stuff is why this storyline even came about. Producers were not looking to get rid of Penn. On the contrary, it was Penn who asked to leave the series, so he'd be freed up to work for... wait for it... the President of The United States.

Yep.

Kal Penn is jumping from one House to another, having recently accepted a position as the associate director for the White House office of public liaison. I don't really know what that means, but apparently he'll be working with real people through various charities and organizations, and representing President Obama while doing it.

Wow, right?

What do you think? Does this information ease the pain of the way Kutner went out? Or are you still bothered by the producers' decision to kill him off when they could've just had him take a new job at an out-of-state hospital or something?

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