The “Carpool Karaoke” episode featuring LINKIN PARK — filmed less than a week before singer Chester Bennington‘s death on July 20 — is expected to air this fall.
On July 14, LINKIN PARK shared a picture on Twitter with actor Ken Jeong for their episode of the TV spinoff of James Corden‘s “Late Late Show” sketch. The photo was captioned, “Fun day with [Ken Jeong] [Carpool Karaoke] [Apple Music] — stay tuned.”
After Bennington‘s death six days later, Jeong paid tribute to the singer on Twitter, writing, “I am in shock and heartbroken. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Chester and his family and friends at this time.”
“Carpool Karaoke: The Series” — a 16-episode standalone show executive-produced by Corden — is set to premiere on August 8 on Apple Music.
Other celebrities scheduled to appear on the program include John Legend and Alicia Keys, Billy Eichner and METALLICA, and Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith.
Corden has promised he will appear in at least two episodes, alongside Will Smith and LeBron James.
Bennington was found dead in his home in Palos Verdes by one of his employees shortly before 9:00 a.m. last Thursday. A Los Angeles County coroner confirmed that the cause of death was “suicide by hanging.”
A half-full bottle of alcohol was found in the room, but it was reportedly not near the body.
LINKIN PARK canceled plans for a North American tour and the band’s future at the moment remains unclear, while fans and musicians worldwide reacted to the death of the singer.
Bennington had been candid about mental health battles in numerous interviews over the years, saying he grappled with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and substance abuse.
LINKIN PARK released its seventh studio album, “One More Light”, in May. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
— LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) July 14, 2017
I am in shock and heartbroken. All my thoughts and prayers go out to Chester and his family and friends at this time.
— Ken Jeong (@kenjeong) July 20, 2017