In his first public statement since being fired from Nickelodeon, The Loud House creator Chris Savino said he was “deeply sorry” and “ashamed.”

Savino posted a letter of apology to his victims on a new Facebook account he created on Monday. In the letter, he wrote, “I now understand that the impact of my actions and communications created an uncomfortable environment…I should have known better, I should have acted better, and this has been a difficult, but valuable lesson.”

He also said that he had “the deepest respect for the bravery of the women” who spoke out against him.

Below is the letter in full:

Two weeks, Savino became the subject of an internal human resources investigation at Nickelodeon after a dozen women came forward to file complaints against him, alleging predatory behavior that ranged from unwanted sexual advances to threats of industry blacklisting.

The investigation was not known publicly until Cartoon Brew published an exclusive report last week about the situation. Following the story, additional women came forward with similar allegations against Savino dating back over a decade.

Savino was dismissed by Nickelodeon two days after the publication of Cartoon Brew’s story, which became a national story and was covered by dozens of publications including Washington Post, CBS, LA Times, Associated Press, Newsweek, People, and Entertainment Weekly.