Overall, Morton appears to have parted ways with Tesla amicably, stating that he still believes in the company's overall mission, as well as its future prospects. Not long after, it was also reported the company's human resources chief Gaby Toledano won't be returning from leave.
Elon Musk sipped whiskey and smoked marijuana during a two-and-a-half-hour podcast with comedian Joe Rogan that touched upon everything from flame throwers and artificial intelligence to the end of the universe.
"Electric cars are important, solar energy is important, stationary storage of energy is important", said Musk, according to The Verge.
Along with his electric vehicle company, Musk heads up space exploration firm Space X, tunnel construction firm The Boring Company, and Neuralink, which works on augmenting human brains with artificial intelligence. Shares were trading at about $360 and the bonds yielding about 7% before Mr. Musk's August 7 statement on Twitter that he had secured funding to take the company private at a price of $420 a share.
"Okay I've changed my mind on Elon Musk", another person tweeted.
Later on Friday, Tesla named a new president of automotive operations, promoting eight-year Tesla employee and former Daimler truck exec Jerome Guillen into the role overseeing all automotive operations and reporting to Musk.
Shortly after Rogan lights the blunt, Musk asks "So is that a joint?"
Regarding Tesla's chief accounting officer's departure, the executive released a statement in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.
Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy on concerns over Elon Musk's leadership at Tesla and concerns of bias at social media networks.
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When The New York Times asked Musk if he was smoking when he made the tweet, Musk replied, "Weed is not helpful for productivity". I appreciate his ingenuity and creativity and we like the Tesla products we own. "Although the majority of shareholders I spoke to said they would remain with Tesla if we went private, the sentiment, in a nutshell, was 'please don't do this'".
Especially freaky moments involving the Tesla chief of late include disparaging remarks about Vernon Unsworth, a Briton who helped save boys trapped in a Thai cave and the abrupt shutdown of Wall Street analyst's questions during a contentious earnings conference call.