"What was going on was some extraordinary engineering," Hayward said, according to The Associated Press. "But when it was played out in the full glare of the media as it was, of course it looked like fumbling and incompetence."
Hayward drew intense criticism for repeated media blunders, such as saying "I want my life back" and taking part in a U.K. yacht race during the crisis. He later resigned his position at BP.
In the BBC interview, Hayward said he was "pretty angry" at the personal attacks. "If I had done a degree at RADA (The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) rather than a degree in geology, I may have done better, but I'm not certain it would've changed the outcome," he said.