Kal Penn Casually Comes Out on Sunday News Show

Sunday October 31, 2021

Kumar Patel came out. Or rather actor and political activist Kal Penn dropped the information that he is gay on CBS Sunday's Morning while promoting his upcoming memoir "You Can't Be Serious," out on Tuesday.

"Talking with correspondent Luke Burbank about his career trajectory — which included a two-year detour to work in the Obama Administration — the "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" star confirmed he has been in a relationship with his partner Josh for 11 years," reports Extra.

"We had our 11th anniversary in October," he said, referring to his coming-out in the memoir as very "matter-of-fact."

He added: "When you're the son of Indian immigrants who says that you want to be an actor, the chaos that that creates in your family and your community will trump anything else always!"

Describing himself as a "skinny brown kid from New Jersey," Penn said he was surprised by the blatant discrimination he experienced when he arrived in Hollywood.

"There was a woman where I signed in once and she spoke loudly and slowly, 'This is the sign-in sheet!' And then in conversation saying something like, 'Well, where's your turban?'" he recalled. She then asked him to go home and put a bedsheet on his head," he recalled.

But Penn, who left acting in 2009 to become the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Obama administration In his new role with the Obama administration, Penn served as a liaison with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. He went back to using his birth name, Kalpen Modi. He also served as co-chair for Obama's 2012 campaign.

In addition to ongoing roles on "House" and "Designated Survivor," Penn recently signed to play the lead on "Clarice," the upcoming CBS series based on "Silence of the Lambs."

"Like most people, I'm a huge 'Silence of the Lambs' fan," he told Deadline, "so having the opportunity to join Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman on this project is very exciting." (Lumet and Kurtzman executive produce and have written the series.) "All of our conversations about 'Clarice' thus far are so grounded in art and storytelling," he continued. "It's suspense, it's a thriller, and it's thoughtful."