Watch James Corden Discuss Handling Chester Bennington’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Episode

    The talk show host defers to Bennington's family

    Photo: Kristina Servant

    “The Late Late Show”‘s James Corden filmed an episode of “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington before his death on July 20, and the host is leaving it up to Bennington’s family whether or not to air the segment.

    Peaking with the Associated Press on Tuesday, Corden said the Apple Music show “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. It’s a tragedy.”

    He added that the people responsible for “Carpool Karaoke” “haven’t even thought about” what the next step will be as it pertains to Bennington until they’ve heard from his family.

    Following Bennington suicide, artists across the world as well as family and friends have shared tributes to the late singer through social media posts, videos and photos.

    Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst told Variety, “If it weren’t for him and his voice and his words, this genre would never have reached the masses and affected so many lives.”

    Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, in an interview with LA’s 95.5 KLOS, said, “The first time I heard Linkin Park – the power that came out of him was just unbelievable. It was so original and so unique. He was one of those singers that has that rare gift where every word that comes out of him sounds authentic.” [NME]

    Bennington’s widow Talinda Bennington took to Twitter to thank James Corden for his show of respect.

    You can read more about worldwide tributes and memorials to Bennington here.

    “Carpool Karaoke” premiered Tuesday featuring Will Smith. Slated guests this season include LeBron James, Ariana Grande, John Legend, and Billy Eichner.