OKLAHOMA CITY - Glenn Craven says he's resigned as the Oklahoma Insurance Department's spokesman after sending an official email to hundreds of people containing an off-color term for breasts.

Insurance Commissioner John Doak announced Friday morning that an employee had resigned over the email, but did not name Craven. Craven told the Associated Press Friday afternoon that he was the employee.

Craven said he was given the option of resigning or being fired.

Craven apologized repeatedly for the email that said an award to be given at a tornado preparedness meeting would go to "the girl with the biggest" breasts, using a slang term. He said he "channeled" an episode of the British television program Monty Python in which a similar phrase was used.

Doak didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

Friday morning, Doak said the inappropriate language was not representative of the department.

"We sincerely apologize and now consider this matter closed and look forward to continuing, without further interruption, to representing the people of Oklahoma and planning for the success of the approaching National Tornado Preparedness Summit."