Tony Hayward to BBC: "We were making it up day to day."

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Former BP CEO Tony Hayward, the villified face of the BP oil disaster whose mouth often contained a foot or two, spoke to BBC News this week and offered some insight into his time handling the company's response and image. He said BP simply was "not prepared" and "contingency plans were inadequate. We were making it up day to day."

Despite voicing his frustrations ("I want my life back," being the summer's most memorable BP-related catchphrase), Hayward said he understands the public's outrage and President Barack Obama placing cleanup and financial burdens on BP.

"The emotion, and anger and frustration was entirely understandable actually," Mr Hayward said.

"The US administration hadn't created this mess, we had."

Despite the criticism, Mr Hayward said that the blame was justifiable.

"I don't feel like I've been made a scapegoat, I recognised the realities of the world we live in.

"In some senses it comes with the patch and you simply have to take the rough with the smooth."

He also suggests if he had an acting background rather than a geology degree, he may have had less gaffes in the disaster's wake: "I may have done better, but I'm not certain it would've changed the outcome," he said. "But certainly the perception of myself may have been different."

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