Reuters – BP CEO apologized for saying he wants his life back

June 2 (Reuters) – BP (BP.L) CEO Tony Hayward, on the front lines of his company’s battle to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, apologized on Wednesday for saying he wants “my life back.”

Hayward, who has been thrust into a media spotlight since an April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, said in a statement he was appalled when he read his comment.

The BP chief had remarked “I want my life back,” to several news organizations, including Reuters, in recent days.

“I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment,” Hayward said in a statement. “I apologize, especially to the families of the 11 men who lost their lives in this tragic accident. Those words don’t represent how I feel about this tragedy.”

“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,” he added