BP's Hayward Apologizes for 'I'd Like My Life Back'

He calls it 'hurtful and thoughtless'

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 2, 2010 2:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward has been roundly bashed for his unfortunate "I'd like my life back" comment—lots of fishermen and coastal residents want their lives back, too, not to mention relatives of the 11 men killed in the initial explosion. Today, Hayward apologized, reports the Huffington Post. "I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment," he said. "When I read that recently, I was appalled. I apologize, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident."

His statement continues: "Those words don't represent how I feel about this tragedy, and certainly don't represent the hearts of the people of BP. My first priority is doing all we can to restore the lives of the people of the Gulf region and their families—to restore their lives, not mine." In the meantime, that saw remains stuck, notes AP.

BP CEO Tony Hayward talks to reporters in Venice, La., Sunday, May 30, 2010.
BP CEO Tony Hayward talks to reporters in Venice, La., Sunday, May 30, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
BP CEO Tony Hayward stands aboard the Discover Enterprise drill ship on May 28.
BP CEO Tony Hayward stands aboard the Discover Enterprise drill ship on May 28.   (AP Photo/Sean Gardner, Pool)
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