Rep. Quigley: Ambassador Removal Was 'Bad Reality Show'

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) had a made-from-TV moment during the made-for-TV (and online video) impeachment hearing Friday (Nov. 14). 

He commented on the fact that hearing witness and fired Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch had landed at a prestigious university after being canned by the President: "Madam ambassador, it's like a Hallmark Movie. You ended up at Georgetown. This is all OK," he joked to laughter from the hearing audience. "But it wasn't your preference seven or eight months ago [to be fired and the subject of a smear campaign from the White House], correct?," he added. Yovanovitch agreed it was not. 

Quigley finished his thought: "It's not the end of a Hallmark movie. It's the end of a really bad reality TV show brought to you by someone who knows a lot about that."  

That would be the former Apprentice star and current President. 

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.