James Corden Will Defer to Chester Bennington's Family About Airing Linkin Park 'Carpool Karaoke'
Showrunner Eric Pankowski told THR of the band's episode, "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."
Linkin Park filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series for Apple Music before singer Chester Bennington's death last month. But now it's up to Bennington's family to decide if the piece — reportedly filmed July 14, less than a week before Bennington's July 20 passing — will air. In an interview with the Associated Press, James Corden said it's not his decision to make.
The show debuted Tuesday with an episode featuring Corden getting jiggy with Will Smith, though no air date has been announced so far for the Linkin Park ride-along, which was originally set to debut in October. "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,” Corden 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.... It’s a tragedy.”
The band tweeted a photo of the group with Ken Jeong that indicated they were taping the segment.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 14, 2017
Corden's comments drew immediate reaction from from Bennington's widow, Talinda, who thanked the late night host for his kind offer.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) August 9, 2017
On Tuesday, the two-year old viral phenomenon jumped from Corden's The Late Late Show on CBS to Apple Music with surprising mix of athletes, musicians and actors slated to show up every Tuesday. The 20-episode run will include song-and-dance-filled rides with stars including Miley Cyrus and family, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, Game of Thrones stars Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, Will Smith, Metallica, Shakira, John Legend and Alicia Keys, as well Blake Shelton, John Cena, Chelsea Handler, Ariana Grande, Joe Jonas, Camila Cabello, Tyrese, Ludacris, Jessica Alba, Jada Pinkett Smith, Ice Cube and many others.
Meanwhile, Carpool Karaoke showrunner Eric Pankowski told The Hollywood Reporter of Linkin Park's episode, "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."
Natalie Jarvey contributed to this report.
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