Meghan McCain Books First Gig After Announcing ‘The View’ Exit

Meghan McCain is leaving The View at the end of July but she will not be out of a job for too long. The Republican star has landed as part of the producers of a new Lifetime movie. Heather Locklear is set to star in the original flick called Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff: The Kristine Carlson Story.

Meghan McCain smiling and waving as a guest on 'Watch What Happens Live'
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What is Meghan McCain’s Lifetime movie about?

McCain has signed on as executive producer of a new Lifetime movie starring Heather Locklear, Deadline reports. The film revolves around the true story of Kristine Carlson, author of the book series Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. Carlson wrote the best-sellers alongside her husband Dr. Richard Carlson and the movie will focus on how Carlson rebuilds her life after the death of her husband.

Also set to star in the movie are Natasha Bure as Carlson’s daughter Jazzy, Jason MacDonald as Richard Carlson, and Emily Rose as Richard’s booker. Lifetime has not set a premiere date for the movie but it will air later this year.

After the news broke about McCain’s new project, she took to Twitter to express her excitement about the movie.

“I am beyond excited and honored to be partnering with Lifetime and Kristine Carlson to executive produce the legendary Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff book into a Lifetime film with icon Heather Locklear starring. Can’t wait to share it with all of you,” McCain tweeted.

McCain’s husband Ben Domenech also tweeted the story adding, “In a time when so many people are seeking help working through loss and grief, this is a story we need right now.”

Meghan McCain smiling during the 'Medal of Honor' screening in 2018
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Why is Meghan McCain leaving ‘The View’ after 4 seasons?

At the beginning of July, McCain dropped a bombshell on all The View viewers when she announced her departure. The political analyst confirmed she was leaving the ABC talk show after four years of being the Republican pundit.

“I am just going to rip the Band-Aid off,” she said after Whoopi Goldberg gave her the floor to speak. “I’m here to tell all of you, my wonderful co-hosts, and the viewers at home that this is going to be my last season.”

McCain said that the pandemic “changed the world for all of us” and it changed the way she looked at life. The television co-host said that she found her life in D.C. much more enriching and somewhere she wanted to raise her child and returning to New York City was not in her plans. She further added that co-hosting The View was “one of the hands-down greatest, most exhilarating, wonderful privileges” of her life.

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“It is a privilege to work alongside such strong, brilliant, intelligent, incredible broadcasters like the four of you,” McCain added. “You are the most talented women on all of television, hands-down, and it has been so incredible to be able to do this with you.”

McCain’s last day on The View will be on Friday, July 30. The View airs weekday mornings at 11 a.m. ET and 10 a.m. PT/CT on ABC. The network has not announced who will replace McCain.