James Corden says Chester Bennington’s family will have the final word on whether his “Carpool Karaoke” episode airs
Carpool Karaoke took the internet by storm and became a huge sensation by giving us a chance to ride around town singing with our favorite celebrities. In mid-July, we found out that Linkin Park had recently filmed an episode, but the tragic death of frontman Chester Bennington might keep the Carpool Karaoke episode off air. News broke of Bennington’s passing only a week after the band recorded their ep, rocking the music world and leaving family, friends, and fans completely devastated.
This week James Corden, executive producer of Carpool Karaoke, opened up about the late star, telling the Associated Press the fate of the Linkin Park episode will rest in the hands of Bennington’s loved ones.
"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, he said. “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,” he added, calling the singer’s death “a tragedy.”
Giving the family control of the episode is an incredibly decent gesture. James Corden’s words did not go unnoticed, and Bennington’s widow, Talinda, showed her appreciation via Twitter.
Kudos to Corden and the rest of the Carpool Karaoke team for staying focused on what’s important.
The rockstar and father of six was only 41 when he passed away on July 20th in what was deemed a suicide. Please remember, if you or anyone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide and need someone to talk to, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.