Defiant Hayward: I Was Spill's Whipping Boy Says he was vilified for doing the right thing By Jane Yager, Newser Staff Posted Jul 30, 2010 8:20 AM CDT 13 comments Comments BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward, left, and BP Managing Director Bob Dudley arrive with other BP executives at the White House in Washington DC. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, file) (Newser) – "I became a villain for doing the right thing," departing BP head Tony Hayward said in his first interview since resigning, complaining that he had become a whipping boy in the US because "people find it easier to vilify an individual more than a company." In the interview with the Wall Street Journal, Hayward said he did everything possible to take responsibility for the Gulf oil spill, cap the spill, and clean up the oil-damaged shore. Hayward added that he resented the Obama administration's lashings but "understood their frustration." While the CEO has been demonized in the US, he's become something of a celebrity in his native UK, where he was greeted with a standing ovation at BP headquarters this week. Hayward will remain at BP in a low-profile role as a board member of the company's Russia venture.