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 QuigleyTech for Nevada caucuses under scrutiny after Iowa debacle Democrats to plow ahead with Trump probes post-acquittal Transgender detainees need protection — a letter from lawmakers doesn't provide it MORE (D-Ill.) dismissed Republican suggestions that Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchDemocrats worried about Trump's growing strength Congress looks to strengthen hand in State Department following impeachment Trump unleashed: President moves with a free hand post-impeachment 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 GiulianiWe should listen to John Bolton The Hill's Morning Report - Sanders on the rise as Nevada debate looms Democrats worried about Trump's growing strength MORE, among others.

The public phase of the House impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau spends millions on ad campaign to mitigate fears on excluded citizenship question Bloomberg campaign: Primary is two-way race with Sanders Democratic senator meets with Iranian foreign minister 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 WelchA disaster for diplomacy and the Zionist dream Sanders endorses 9 progressive House candidates Biden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements MORE (D-Vt.) invited President Trump to testify.