Tesla shares fall after Elon Musk smokes weed, drinks whisky during interview

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Tesla is under extreme pressure to turn a sustained net profit starting this quarter, as promised by Mr Musk. As of midday Friday, more than 1.5 million users had checked out his chat with Musk.

After the podcast aired Tesla shares dropped 9 per cent, wiping $3.1 billion off the company's value (at the time of writing.) Although, that may have more to do with Musk's robotic behaviour than smoking weed.

"Is that a joint or is that a cigar?" asked Musk, as Rogan explained it was a mix of marijuana and tobacco. They say his questionable public persona culminated in his dubious claim on Twitter last month that he had "funding secured" to take Tesla private.

The tech entrepreneur continued by assuring viewers that he is "not a regular smoker of weed", since it's not "very good for productivity".

Clips of the unexpected smoke break have quickly gone viral, catching the attention of Musk's friends and business partners.

We got to see just that, a spike and a drop in just a few days, all from the possibly illegal Elon Musk Tweet that was posted exactly a month ago today. Dave Morton was a longtime veteran of computer hardware company Seagate Technology, where he served as the CFO.

On Aug. 24, more than two weeks after blindsiding employees and investors with the tweet, Musk chose to keep Tesla a public company.

That move, described in a company blog with several other promotions as a result of board and management discussions, gives Musk a seasoned auto industry veteran to lean on at a time when some investors have called for a new chief operating officer.

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Tesla's stock is down more than six percent to $262, the lowest level since April.

In the filing, now-former Tesla executive Dave Morton said that he was leaving because "the level of public attention placed on the company as well as the pace within the company have exceeded my expectations".

Musk did not name a new accounting executive or specify who is taking on Toledano's duties.

On Aug. 24 Musk put out a statement saying the go-private deal was off, drawing scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Almost a dozen top executives have left Tesla this year.

Morton clarified that he believes strongly in Tesla, its mission, and its future prospects, adding that he has no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting.

Separately, human resources chief Gabrielle Toledano told Bloomberg she planned to exit the company, not returning from a leave of absence.

Over the course of the interview the men discussed a variety of topics including: the future of humanity and artificial intelligence, Tesla, SpaceX, Musk's controversial merchandising decision to produce 20,0000 flamethrowers at $500 a pop, human kindness and love. "Maybe he is the best Chief Marketing Officer and Tesla needs a strong new CEO", analyst Frank Schwope at NORD/LB said.

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