Purple Tales

Purple Tales celebrates the spirit of Barney as told through the talented people who created, produced and worked on all aspects of the cultural phenomena we know as America’s favorite purple dinosaur.

Featured Episodes

Jeff Ayers

Actor - Baby Bop

Jeff Ayers’ path to Baby Bop began on a football field in Greenville, Texas, where he spent his senior year in a lion’s costume. After graduation, Jeff lived out his dream as a professional mascot for the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks. But Jeff is most proud of his years as part of the Barney Family and making kids happy.

Bob West

Voice Actor - Barney

Bob West calls himself “anonymously famous” but as the original voice of Barney, we call him super-deeeee-duper!

Marisa Kuers-Mailhes

Actress - Hannah

After playing Hannah on three seasons of Barney & Friends, Marisa Kuers-Mailhes has plenty of Purple Tales to share about life on and off the set. And she still sings the “I Love You” song to her kids every night, which she performs for you, Carey and Nancy!

Episode 13: Stuuuuuuuu-pen-dous! It’s the original voice of Barney

On this episode of Purple Tales, Carey has a surprise for Nancy as he brings on the voice of America’s favorite dinosaur. Carey and Bob reminisce on their time working together and note that they are both “anonymously famous.” However, they both recognize the amazing impact they had putting their skills together.

Carey Stinson

For more than thirty years, Carey Stinson has been in front of and behind the camera, first as Barney the Dinosaur on stage and screen, and now as an award-winning photographer. As Barney, Carey counts 1,500+ on-stage performances worldwide and more than 150 television and video appearances, including performances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Carey's Barney is responsible for bringing joy to tens of thousands of children and their parents through hospital visits and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Nancy Jay

As a movie critic, Nancy has interviewed everyone from Oprah Winfrey to Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Obama to Meryl Streep, Clint Eastwood to Robert Redford, Hugh Jackman to Sterling K. Brown. She has moderated press conferences for Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, and directors Christopher Nolan and Peter Jackson, among so many others. While living in New York, Nancy was a researcher for The New York Times editorial board. She remembers covering the Barney phenomena as a television reporter in Dallas. Perfectly typecast, Nancy played a television news anchor on an episode of MONK on the USA Network. And if you listen carefully, perhaps you’ll recognize her voice in all the Albertsons commercials with actress Patricia Heaton.

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