BP CEO Tony Hayward apologized Wednesday for saying recently that he wants his "life back."

Discussing the Gulf of Mexico oil spill over the weekend, the embattled oil executive said, "We're sorry for the massive disruption it's caused their lives. There's no one who wants this over more than I do. I would like my life back."

Hayward came under fire for making the comment at a time when BP is trying without success to contain the oil that's gushing from the company's blown-out well.

“I made a hurtful and thoughtless comment on Sunday when I said that 'I wanted my life back,'" he said in a statement. "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."

The April 20 explosion of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and touched off the ongoing spill that federal officials call the worst in U.S. history. The massive spill has affected the commercial fishermen who rely on the Gulf to make a living. 

Louisiana Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) earlier on Wednesday called for Hayward's ouster, citing the several failed attempts at plugging the leak and the executive's comments this weekend. 

But Hayward expressed remorse. 

"Those words don’t represent how I feel about this tragedy and certainly don’t represent the hearts of the people of BP – many of whom live and work in the Gulf – who are doing everything they can to make things right," he said. "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.”