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James Corden Lets Chester Bennington's Family Decide Whether to Air Linkin Park's 'Carpool Karaoke'
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13 Aug 2017 11:34 AM EST

-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: James Corden (Image Source: iDominick via Wikimedia Commons)

James Corden is trying to do the right thing: having already filmed a Carpool Karaoke segment with Linkin Park, he's leaving it up to Chester Bennington's family whether or not the segment should still air.

While "Carpool Karaoke" has been a popular segment on the Late Late Show with host Corden, it's now being spun off into its own series for Apple Music: Carpool Karaoke: The Series.

The frontman for Linkin Park, Bennington, was found on July 20 at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California, in what is being presumed to be a suicide by hanging. It was a surprise to many that he would take his own life.

Less than a week beforehand, on July 14, Linkin Park, along with Bennington, were joined by Ken Jeong, and they filmed an episode for the Apple Music series that was intended to air in October.

Corden is an executive producer of Carpool Karaoke: The Series, and he spoke on Tuesday with the Associated Press, stating that the future of the Linkin Park stint on the show is being left in the Bennington family's hands.

"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," Corden added while also referring to Bennington's death as "a tragedy."

The showrunner for the Apple Music series, Eric Pankowski, concurs.

He told The Hollywood Reporter, "We've been in conversations with the band and the family, and all the representatives of the band. We're going to work with them to find the best and most respectful way forward on the episode."

After the two spoke out about the issue, Talinda Bennington, the singer's widow, tweeted an article about Corden deferring to the family's wishes and captioned it, "Thank you @CarpoolKaraoke."

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