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James Corden will defer to Chester Bennington's family for 'Carpool Karaoke'

Arielle Tschinkel
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Arielle Tschinkel
James Corden will defer to Chester Bennington's family for 'Carpool Karaoke'

Before his untimely and tragic death last month, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington filmed an episode of "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" for Apple Music with his bandmates, which was scheduled to be released sometime in the coming months.

The episode was reportedly filmed on July 14, just days before Bennington’s death on July 20. In the wake of his passing, Linkin Park cancelled their Linkin Park One More Light North American Tour, which still had 28 tour dates around the country and was scheduled to continue through early November.

Now, the future of Bennington’s appearance "Carpool Karaoke: The Series" remains up to Bennington’s family, according to series host James Corden.

The late-night host parlayed the runaway success of his show’s Carpool Karaoke segment in which everyone from Mariah Carey to Michelle Obama join him for a karaoke session in the car, teaming up with Apple Music to release exclusive episodes of the series.

The first episode, which dropped August 8, teamed Corden up with Will Smith. It’s unclear when Linkin Park was scheduled to appear on the show, but Corden revealed he is leaving the decision to air up to Bennington’s family members and bandmates.

Speaking with the Associated Press, Corden said: "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. 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.”

Bennington’s wife, Talinda Bennington, took to Twitter to thank Corden for his response, and no decision has been made on the episode just yet.

Other stars slated to appear on the series include John Legend, Alicia Keys, Metallica, Will Smith, Blake Shelton, Chelsea Handler, and many more.

Photo credit: Linkin Park/Twitter