As Meghan McCain bid farewell to her co-hosts on The View today, Twitter welcomed the news with widespread celebration. McCain, who announced her plans to exit back in July, has lasted four seasons on The View, with plenty of bitter arguments spanning throughout her tenure. Shortly after McCain bid farewell beside her mother, Cindy McCain, social media threw a party over the news.

“This has been a really wild ride, the past four years of my life,” McCain said on today’s episode of The View. “It’s been, honestly, the best of times, the worst of times in all ways, on and off the show. It’s been a really incredible, liberating experience. I will always cherish the time I spent with all of you. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

The reactions started rolling in as soon as McCain began her closing monologue. “Meghan McCain ahs OFFICIALLY departed #TheView,” one Twitter user wrote. “Now she can take on the full-time job for which she is most qualified: John McCain’s daughter.”

Others began to celebrate before she had even left as the show aired on ABC. “Today is Meghan McCain’s last day on ‘The View,’” another Twitter user shared. “Spontaneous celebrations expected to erupt throughout the US.”

Some folks chimed in to share who they hope will replace McCain in Season 25 of the talk show, which is set to air later this year. A handful of other folks shared what they hope is next for McCain’s career. “Who else feels that Meghan McCain can fuck off into the sunset forever?” one Twitter user suggested.

We haven’t heard who will replace McCain as co-host on The View. At the moment, CNN correspondent Ana Navarro subs in when any member of the cast is absent, so there’s a chance that she’ll step up for the job. But some folks are rooting for another controversial conservative voice like Tomi Lahren or Candace Owens.

Similarly, McCain hasn’t locked up much in terms of a career post-The View, but she has one item on her to-do list. The TV personality will be producing the Lifetime film Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: The Christine Carlson Story, a self-help biopic set to star Heather Locklear.

Stay tuned for more updates on McCain’s future career moves, as well as any updates on The View‘s new co-host.

wheel of time

When 2021 started, there was a shortlist of fantasy projects I was abnormally psyched for — Netflix’s Shadow and Bone and The Witcher Season 2, the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, and the long-gestating Lord of the Rings series — but Prime Video‘s The Wheel of Time was not on it. Hype for the Robert Jordan adaptation just wasn’t reaching my ears. The show had quietly been in production since 2019, and I knew Rosamund Pike was starring as Moiraine, but besides that, it wasn’t on my radar. This was a huge mistake!

Now that I’ve savored a flurry of preview clips, caught up on how confident Amazon is about the series, and (gulp) finally started the odyssey of reading all fourteen WoT books*, The Wheel of Time is the show I’m most hyped for in 2021. And if you’re a fan of fantasy, you should be, too. All early signs point to The Wheel of Time being great. Moreover, the story itself is a perfect blend of rich world-building, old school fantasy, and coming-of-age tales.

*In my defense, I had a group of sci-fi and fantasy pals in the ’00s who were frustrated with the “slog” and they very vehemently warned me off of it. You know, because they didn’t realize it would end well. (Or so I’ve been told. I’m only halfway through Book 5 right now. No spoilers past then, please!)

The Wheel of Time might be new to you, or you might be skeptical because so many fantasy shows have burned you before. Nevertheless, I’m feeling pretty gosh darn hyped for the series based on everything I’ve seen and heard so far. Here’s five reasons why you should get amped for The Wheel of Time (and why I have my fingers crossed it’ll be my next favorite fantasy series…).

It’s Coming. Soon.

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Maybe one of the most frustrating parts of being a fan of any fantasy series is the waiting. We spend years of our lives waiting for new books to be added to an ongoing series and even longer for good film and television adaptations to hit the screen. The Wheel of Time has a lot of in production adaptations beat as both the book series is done — so no question about what ending the showrunners are working towards — and the show is coming soon.

The Wheel of Time Season 1 will premiere sometime in November 2021. That’s three months away. That’s not next year or sometime in the future. Or September 2, 2022. There is a date attached to the series and it’s soon.

Moreover, it should be noted that besides COVID-19, The Wheel of Time’s production seems to have been largely…uneventful. Rafe Judkins has stayed showrunner. Directors have turned in edits (we believe) on time. There are no awful stories about injuries on set or COVID outbreaks. Heck, I haven’t even heard stories like the whole series has to be reshot (like Amazon’s Carnival Row.) The only stuff that’s leaked are blurry photos of actors in costume (which are hard to track down!) and really happy pics of the cast getting along off set.

So it seems like The Wheel of Time is going well… So well, Amazon is pretty darn confident about it.

Amazon Has Already Ordered Season 2.

You know how The Wheel of Time Season 1 isn’t dropping until November? We haven’t even gotten a true teaser trailer yet. Still, Amazon has already ordered The Wheel of Time Season 2. In fact, the second season is currently shooting over in the Czech Republic. That means scripts are done, the story is moving forward, and Amazon is so confident in The Wheel of Time, they want to be sure they can get a new season on Prime Video ASAP.

So that’s good news! Right? Oh, you’re still not sure why you should care about The Wheel of Time???