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James Corden Will Consult With Chester Bennington’s Family Over Linkin Park ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Airing

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Linkin Park had joined the ranks of some of music’s biggest names who have taken part in “Carpool Karaoke,” the segment originated by late night talk show host James Corden on his TV show. The band was set to appear in an episode for the Apple Music spinoff series, heading out on a ride with comic actor Ken Jeong, but shortly after their episode was taped, singer Chester Bennington tragically died.

Now, in a new interview with the Associated Press, Corden has revealed that the decision on whether the episode will ever air is still in question. “We will approach it in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however they would like it to be handled,” explained Corden.

He continued, “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. It’s completely up to them and that’s a conversation we haven’t even thought about having right now … it’s a tragedy.”

Linkin Park filmed their episode with Jeong on July 14, even teasing it on social media and Jeong himself referring to it as “Lin-Ken Park.” But less than a week later, Bennington took his own life, sending shockwaves through the entertainment community. After Corden’s comments about the fate of the episode went public, Bennington’s widow Talinda posted a thank you to the Late Late Show host.

The Apple Music Carpool Karaoke spinoff series debuted yesterday (Aug. 8) with Corden sharing a ride with Will Smith. The Linkin Park episode was not slated to screen until later in the season. Included in the 20-episode season are acts like Metallica, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus, John Legend and more enjoying the sing-along rides.

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