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 QuigleyDemocrats accuse SBA of stonewalling GAO's attempts to oversee lending program Democrats call for probe into ouster of State Dept. watchdog Bipartisan lawmakers call for global 'wet markets' ban amid coronavirus crisis MORE (D-Ill.) dismissed Republican suggestions that Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchCheney clashes with Trump Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Bolton book puts spotlight on Pompeo-Trump relationship 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 GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE, among others.

The public phase of the House impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump second-term plans remain a mystery to GOP Trump to hold outdoor rally in New Hampshire on Saturday Eighty-eight years of debt pieties 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 WelchNational Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus Democrats roll out national plan to reopen America Democrats press USDA to create rural coronavirus task force MORE (D-Vt.) invited President Trump to testify.