Chester Bennington to Appear on Pre-Recorded 'Carpool Karaoke' Next Week


After Chester Bennington died by suicide in July, James Corden, host of “The Late Late Show,” wasn’t sure if a pre-recorded segment of “Carpool Karaoke” featuring the Linkin Park singer would be aired. Bennington died shortly after the segment was taped.

“Carpool Karaoke” is one of Corden’s most beloved segments, featuring the late night host driving a car with celebrities, singing along to songs. This episode was part of an Apple Music spinoff series, and the band took a ride with actor Ken Jeong, known for his role on the TV show, “Community.”

Corden said the show was leaving it up to Bennington’s family to decide if the episode should air. “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 told the Associated Press.

But on Thursday, Linkin Park announced on social media that in fact, the episode would be released.

@CarpoolKaraoke – this time next week. Streaming for free on our Facebook page – link in bio.

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This isn’t the first time footage of Bennington has surfaced as fans process and mourn his death. Bennington’s wife, Talinda Bennington, shared a video of her husband goofing around and laughing only 36 hours before his suicide. She wrote, “This is what depression looked like to us.”

It can be comforting to look back at “good times” after someone dies by suicide — but of course, it can also be hard. If you plan on watching Bennington’s Carpool Karaoke, it will be streamed on Linkin Park’s Facebook page next Thursday. Watch it with a loved one if you think you’ll need support, and don’t forget you can text “HOME” to 741-741 if need someone to talk to.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “HOME” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.

Lead photo via Linkin Park’s Instagram page.


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