James Corden says Linkin Park’s Carpool Karaoke won’t air unless Chester Bennington’s family want it to
James Corden has refused to release Linkin Park’s Carpool Karaoke without permission from Chester Bennington’s family and fellow band members.
Just days before the news of Bennington’s tragic death, he and the rest of Linkin Park had filmed an episode for the TV spin-off of James’ The Late Late Show. Facing speculation over whether the sketch will now air, the chat show host spoke to the Associated Press to confirm he will be respecting the family’s wishes.
He explained: “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 consider it not our decision to make.
“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.”
Chester’s wife, Talinda Bennington, voiced her gratitude in response to Corden’s words. Sharing his statement on Twitter, Talinda wrote: “Thank you”.
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) August 9, 2017
Following Bennington’s death last month, Linkin Park released a heartfelt statement on their Facebook page, reading: “Dear Chester, Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.
“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.”
They continued: “Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal.
“After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.
“Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.”
“Until we see you again, LP.”