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Chancellor Agard
October 23, 2017 AT 01:52 PM EDT

Four days after leaving Nickelodeon, Loud House creator Chris Savino has responded to the sexual harassment allegations that prompted his departure.

“I am deeply sorry and I am ashamed,” wrote Savino in a letter that he shared on Facebook. “Although it was never my intention, I understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an uncomfortable environment. At every stage of my career, I have sought to uplift my colleagues and cultivate a culture of respect. In this objective, I have failed. I should have known better, I should have acted better, and this has been a difficult, but valuable lesson.”

He continued, “I have nothing but the deepest respect for the bravery of the women who have spoken out, trying to create an environment in which they can thrive and reach their fullest potential.”

Last Thursday, Nickelodeon confirmed to EW that Savino was no longer with the network. According to the site Cartoon Brew, which first broke the news, the cartoon veteran, who previously worked on Dexter’s Laboratory and The Powerpuff Girls, was suspended and placed on a leave of absence after dozens of women came forward accusing him of unwanted sexual advances, blacklisting threats after consensual relationships ended, and more, dating back as far as a decade.

“We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we are committed to fostering a safe and professional workplace environment that is free of harassment or other kinds of inappropriate conduct,” a network spokesperson told EW at the time.

Read Savino’s entire statement below:

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