Actor Kal Penn leaving the White House

Actor Kal Penn, best known as one half of the "Harold and Kumar" duo, is leaving his job at the White House, Entertainment Weekly reported Friday.

Penn had worked at the White House since 2009 as associate director of public engagement. He is reportedly leaving to return to Hollywood to work on the latest installment of the "Harold and Kumar" series, a franchise of stoner comedies. Penn campaigned for Obama in 2008. 

On ABC News' "Top Line" webcast, White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee hinted that Penn's departure could be for financial reasons.

“I'm hurt and offended that you didn't ask whether the million dollar Hollywood contracts were calling for me,” Goolsbee joked. “I have not accepted any such contract at this point.”