When FBI Director James Comey first learned that he was fired on Tuesday afternoon, he thought it was a ‘fairly funny prank.’

Comey was speaking to a group of FBI employees in Los Angeles when he saw the news that he had been terminated being played on a TV in the background, according to the New York Times.

He reportedly even laughed at the news before staff asked him to step into another room.

Before leaving, though, Comey shook hands with some of the FBI employees he had been talking with. His staff then confirmed that he had, indeed, been fired.

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