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James Corden Says the Linkin Park ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Episode Won’t Air Without Permission from Chester Bennington’s Family

Published on August 9th, 2017 | Updated on August 9th, 2017 | By FanFest

Family, friends, and fans are still trying to process the news of Chester Bennington’s death.  Three weeks ago, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park shocked the world when he took his own life on July 20th.

Just prior to his death, Bennington, along with his bandmates and Ken Jeong filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke for the upcoming first season of the series.  The series premiered on Tuesday on Apple Music and Bennington’s episode was scheduled to air in October.

Given the circumstances, however, the episode may not actually air.  James Corden confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press that the series will not air the episode without their consent.  He said they will handle the episode in whichever manner Bennington’s family decides is best saying that it’s not the series’ decision to make.

On one hand, Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segments certainly have a light-hearted tone to them.   They are funny, uplifting and a celebration of the featured artist and their music.  Airing the episode (with permission of course) could be a great way to honor the late Bennington and the impact he made on the music industry.

On the other hand, as Corden mentions in the below video clip, this is a conversation that he hasn’t even thought about having with Bennington’s family as the circumstances surrounding his death are simply too tragic.

Whether or not the episode makes it to air, one thing is for sure that Corden and the folks over at Carpool Karaoke are making the right move by consulting Bennington’s family.  Bennington’s wife, Talinda Bennington, even thanked Corden via her social media pages.  Her message was simple but clearly, shows her appreciation for the delicate way in which this situation is being handled:

What do you think?  Do you think Apple Music should run the Carpool Karaoke episode featuring Chester Bennington and Linkin Park?  Or do you think it’s just simply too soon?  Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


Source: Entertainment Weekly


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