Impeachment hearing breaks into laughter after Democrat contrasts it to Hallmark movie

A House hearing broke into laughter on Friday after a Democratic lawmaker said the former Ukrainian ambassador's removal was "the end of a really bad reality TV show."

Rep. Mike QuigleyMichael (Mike) Bruce QuigleyThis week: Congress races to wrap work for the year GSA offers to brief Congress next week on presidential transition Democrats debate fate of Trump probes if Biden wins MORE (D-Ill.) dismissed Republican suggestions that Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchWhy it's time for a majority female Cabinet Giuliani associate Correia pleads guilty to making false statements Teenager who filmed George Floyd's death to be honored MORE securing a fellowship at Georgetown University following her ouster as ambassador meant “this is all OK.”

“It not the end of a Hallmark movie, it's the end of a really bad reality TV show," he said, earning additional laughter when he added that this is "brought to you by someone who knows a lot about that."

Quigley went on to emphasize that the events that led to Yovanovitch's current position were not her "preference." Yovanovitch was removed from her position as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine in May and testified Friday that she believed she was forced out due to a "smear campaign" by the president's personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiArizona certifies Biden's victory over Trump Krebs says allegations of foreign interference in 2020 election 'farcical'  Trump campaign loses appeal over Pennsylvania race MORE, among others.

The public phase of the House impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE began Wednesday and continued Friday. It has been defined by clashes between Republicans and Democrats and allegations by key witnesses of wrongdoing by the president.

However, another moment of levity happened on Wednesday when Democrats broke into laughter after Rep. Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchDemocrats to determine leaders after disappointing election Shakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Vermont Rep. Peter Welch easily wins primary MORE (D-Vt.) invited President Trump to testify.