After anti-gay campaign group One Million Moms attacked his new show, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has said they might like it if they try it.

The online campaign group hit out at Murphy’s show The New Normal, in which a surrogate mother carries a baby for a gay couple.

One Million Moms said that the NBC show “subject[s] families to the decay of morals and values”, is “harmful to society” and “damaging to our culture”.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, Murphy responded to the protest.

According to GregInHollywood.com, he said: “If they watched the show, I actually think they would love it. Because for the first time, they’re represented. Ellen Barkin is a member of that group. Which is the truth.”

He added: “I think the show is funny, but I think in many ways the show is about tolerance and I think it’s about a discussion of tolerance.

“And I think that their points of view are delivered with sensitivity and a certain amount of ferocity by Ms. Barkin. So, I think they would actually, if they watched it, they would like it.”