They are some of the most popular TV shows of all time but all the while they were pushing the liberal agenda of their makers onto viewing audiences worldwide, a new book has claimed.

Ben Shapiro argues in Primetime Propaganda that some of Hollywood’s top TV executives, writers and producers used their positions to effectively exclude the conservative camp from their shows.

He bases his argument on 39 taped interviews, some of which have been released on YouTube.

In one clip, “Friends” creator Marta Kauffman said she “put together a staff of mostly liberal people” to make the hit comedy show.

One of the show’s best known episodes was of a wedding between two lesbian characters. The casting of Candace Gingrich, half-sister of the Republican former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, was deliberate.

“I have to say, when we cast Candace Gingrich as the minister of that wedding, there was a bit of a ‘f*** you’ in it to the right wing,” said Kauffman.

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