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 vow court victories won't slow impeachment timeline Most US birds are facing extinction unless we take action Pelosi: Trump tweets on Yovanovitch show his 'insecurity as an imposter' MORE (D-Ill.) dismissed Republican suggestions that Marie YovanovitchMarie YovanovitchSenate confirms Trump's Russia ambassador The State Department: Nonpartisan service on behalf of America Nunes: 'Sickening' that Schiff obtained his phone records 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 GiulianiGraham invites Giuliani to testify about recent Ukraine trip Judge orders State Dept. to search for and provide more Ukraine docs DOJ releases memos backing Trump immunity claims ahead of impeachment vote MORE, among others.

The public phase of the House impeachment inquiry into President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' 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 WelchProviding more information on the prescription drug supply chain will help lower costs for all Impeachment hearing breaks into laughter after Democrat contrasts it to Hallmark movie Diplomat ties Trump closer to Ukraine furor MORE (D-Vt.) invited President Trump to testify.