“Barney & Friends,” it seems, wasn’t always a happy family behind the scenes.
According to a new docuseries, “I Love You You Hate Me,” the beloved children’s show, which launched the acting careers of Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, was the subject of much hate.
The trailer for the two-part series shows Bob West, a Barney artist, reminiscing about the death threats he received as the purple dinosaur.
“They were violent and explicit, the death and dismemberment of my family,” he says. “They were going to come looking for me and they were going to kill me.”
The show was created in 1992 by Sheryl Leach, Kathy Parker, and Dennis DeShazer.
“Barney represents inclusion, acceptance. You should love everyone, we all have Sheryl Leach to thank for that,” says a line in the trailer, which asks “Why does the world love to hate?”
“I Love You, You Hate Me” will premiere on October 12 on Peacock.
Check out the trailer below: