It will be up to Chester Bennington’s family to decide whether a “Carpool Karaoke” episode that the rocker filmed before his death ever airs.
The show’s host, James Corden, says he and his production team haven’t even begun to think about how to handle that particular episode moving forward, and will completely comply with whatever the former Linkin Park frontman’s loved ones want to do. “We consider it not our decision to make,” Corden told the Associated Press in a new video interview. “We will navigate it as delicately as possible and just adhere to whatever wishes they would want, because I don’t think there’s any other way we could deal with it, really.”
Bennington, 41, took his own life on July 20. He had filmed an episode for Corden’s latest project, “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” sometime before his death, though it’s unclear when that episode would have aired.
The series, which airs online, serves as a spinoff to Corden’s wildly popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment on his CBS late night show — in which the host drives around Los Angeles with popular singers and croons their songs with them in the car.
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Linkin Park’s official Twitter page shared a photo of the band with actor Ken Jeong on set on July 14.
Corden referred to Bennington’s death as a “tragedy” during his interview with the AP. The late singer’s widow, Talinda Bennington, tweeted a “thank you” message to Corden shortly after he said it was the family’s call to decide the future of the episode.
Bennington’s death took place on what would’ve been his close friend Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday. Cornell — the longtime frontman of Soundgarden, committed suicide two months earlier.
The first episode of “Carpool Karaoke,” which featured Will Smith, premiered on Tuesday. Apple Music has signed on for 20 episodes of the web series.
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