Screenshot/The Late Late Show with James Corden
James Corden began his stint hosting “The Late Late Show” in March 2015, and by the following year, he already won an Emmy for the show’s popular “Carpool Karaoke” series.
Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” videos are some of the most viewed videos on the internet.
His first go at the hysterical series was featured in a sketch for the U.K. charity Comic Relief alongside singer George Michael, but it gained momentum in the U.S. after his first “Late Late Show” video with Mariah Carey:
From then, he drove and sang alongside superstars like Madonna, Stevie Wonder, and Adele.
But in July, Corden filmed a “Carpool Karaoke” video with Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington — they shot the video less than a week before his suicide.
Though one five-minute video of singing and goofing off wasn’t anywhere on Bennington’s family’s mind after his untimely death, fans are beginning to wonder whether Corden will air the video to the public.
On Tuesday, Corden told the Associated Press that only Bennington’s family will be able to make that call, as he’s abdicated his authority on the matter despite being the show’s executive producer.
According to People, Corden said the decision is “completely” up to them:
“It’s completely up to them and that’s a conversation we haven’t even thought about having right now.
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 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.”
And his thoughtfulness wasn’t lost on Bennington’s wife, Talinda, who thanked Corden via Twitter late Tuesday night:
— Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) August 9, 2017
Bennington, who is survived by Talinda and his six children, was found dead in his Palos Verdes, California, home. The 41-year-old hanged himself, leaving family, friends, and the world in shock of his tragic death.