Chester Bennington filmed an episode of Carpool Karaoke: The Series with Linkin Park before his death on July 20. Now, creator and producer James Corden says the decision on whether or not to air that installment will be left to Bennington’s family out of respect.
“We will approach in whichever manner his family or the people that were involved in that episode, however they would like it to be handled,” Corden told the Associated Press. “We consider it to be not our decision to make. We will navigate as delicately as possible and I’m just an ear 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.”
Watch Corden’s statement in the video below.
It seemed Linkin Park filmed the episode, reportedly set to air in October, just days before Bennington took his own life. The band tweeted a photo with comedian Ken Jeong on July 14. Bennington’s body was found on July 20 at a private residence at the Palo Verdes Estates in California, the L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE.
Carpool Karaoke: The Series premiered on Apple Music Tuesday with an episode featuring Corden and Will Smith. Other celebrity pairings will include Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, Alicia Keys and John Legend, and Billy Eichner and Metallica.
Bennington’s widow, Talinda Bennington, thanked Corden on social media after he gave his statement to the AP.
“One week ago, I lost my soulmate and my children lost their hero — their daddy. We had a fairytale life and now it has turned into some sick Shakespearean tragedy,” Talinda wrote in an emotional statement regarding her husband’s death. “How do I move on? How do I pick up my shattered soul? The only answer I know is to raise our babies with every ounce of love I have left.”
“Our hearts are broken,” a statement from Linkin Park read. “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.”