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Kal Penn regrets his decision leaving House, and now wants his character, who committed suicide a few episodes ago, to return to the series.
“It wouldn’t be difficult,” Penn stated. “House is a brilliant doctor. He could easily find a way to bring Kutner back to life. Or if Kutner just came back to life spontaneously, it would give House and the other characters a really fun case to solve.”
Penn also expressed interest in having Kutner be the patient for every episode of the next season. “It would be a great story arc,” he said. “Having the same patient for every episode for an entire season would be really innovative, and I am prepared to take on the challenge.”
But series producer David Shore is not comfortable with Penn’s request. “We’ve outraged fans enough,” Shore said. “The best thing we can do for now is to keep the dead characters dead.” Shore also said he isn’t ready to turn House into a fantasy series just yet. “Maybe by season nine or ten we will start to see some magic,” Shore said, “but for now we are going to see how many more truthful hardcore scientifically-accurate episodes we can produce.”
Other actors on the set also expressed disinterest in having Penn return. “I’ve gotten so used to him being gone,” Hugh Laurie said. “It would be weird having him back again. I wouldn’t know what to say.”
But that doesn’t mean all doors are closed for Penn. A dead character named Amber will soon make a few appearances as Dr. House’s hallucinations.
“If Kal would like to play a hallucination or a dream memory, we could probably work him in,” Shore said.
But Penn doesn’t like the idea of being “just a character in another character’s head.” He said, “if I can’t come back to life, then I’d at least like to play a ghost. That way, I could help House solve some cases, and I would never be able to kill myself again.”
Penn also suggested he could come on as Kutner’s long lost identical twin brother doctor. “Or Fox could just give me a spin-off series about when Kutner was younger and was going to med school,” Penn said. “I imagine him as a very House-like character, so Fox would probably really like it. It would be just like House but with different characters, and it would be called Kutner.”
Recently, David Shore has stated he never wants to see or talk to Kal Penn again.
“I will sneak on set and play corpses in the morgue if I have to,” Penn said. “I just have to get back on Fox somehow. I didn’t realize how much I really loved being on Fox.”