Leave a Comment

Chester Bennington Linkin Park

With the recent passing of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, eyes have been on Carpool Karaoke: The Series as to what the Apple-produced show will do regarding the band's filmed appearance once the season debuts. Now, word regarding the show's decision has come down from the showrunner, as well as creator James Corden, and it would appear everyone is on the same page, agreeing that they will handle it all under the guidance of Bennington's family, honoring their wishes for what should happen with the footage.

The episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series was shot July 14th, which THR notes is less than a week before Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington would take his life, which occurred on July 20th. The band was featured for a ride with actor Ken Jeong, according to a photo shoot, and was originally scheduled to air in October, though it's obviously still unknown exactly when or if the episode will ever air at this time.

Showrunner Eric Pankowski has assured sources that they're collaborating with the family and other parties, and James Corden adds that the series will definitely take the route that the family most agrees to in regards to its airing. Bennington's widow Talinda Bennington reacted to Corden's words on Twitter, and her brevity here speaks volumes:

For those unaware, Carpool Karaoke: The Series started as a successful bit on The Late Late Show With James Corden, and has now evolved into a standalone series that will air on Apple Music. For each episode, celebrity pairings drive around, sing, and get into other forms of hilarity, and the debut season kicked things off a couple days ago with Will Smith and James Corden. (The Late Late Show host won't always be along for the ride as he was on the shorter segments.) Many other celebrities like Sophie Turner, Shakira, Trevor Noah, John Cena scheduled to appear. Suffice to say, Carpool Karaoke: The Series likely has enough episodes and other celebs already secured for airing that no issues should come up if Chester Bennington's family chooses to keep the Linkin Park footage away from public view.

Carpool Karaoke: The Series is set to upload new episodes every Tuesday to Apple Music, and will feature 20 (or 19) episodes. Those looking for other programming to enjoy can still find some great shows on our summer premiere guide, although the season is admittedly dwindling. For a much larger list of shows that are just around the corner, be sure to visit our fall premiere guide.