It’s been a busy summer for the
staff – but
and her team are closer than ever
‘s unexpected exit from ABC’s
Live With Kelly and Michael
might have sent shockwaves through the morning talk show staff, but a source tells PEOPLE they didn’t let it weaken their morale.
“While it’s true that Michael leaving made for a much more grueling summer for everyone because of the additional work required to prep a new cohost every day, the whole staff has actually bonded over it,” a source tells PEOPLE. “The environment is really positive because of the work they’ve been doing.”
Ripa has been working alongside a
rotating line-up of guest co-hosts
and more as the search for Strahan’s
And following the drama of Strahan’s departure, Ripa, 45, was named an Executive Producer on the show.
“They did add the Executive Producer title, but honestly that happened a long time ago,” adds the source. “Kelly just never announced it.”
Meanwhile, Strahan is set to make his debut as a full-time co-anchor at the network’s
Good Morning America
“I look forward to continuing to work with the incredible team at
,” Strahan previously said in a statement. “It is an exciting opportunity to be able to bring unique stories and voices to the audience.”