Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Elon Musk smokes weed on Joe Rogan podcast

Elon Musk smokes weed on Joe Rogan podcast

Tesla noted in a statement to Reuters that Morton opted to depart from the company due to his discomfort with the level of public attention and Tesla's overall pace of work.

His latest exploit to raise eyebrows and fuel mocking internet memes was a meandering two-hour, live-streamed interview on YouTube with comedian Joe Rogan in which Musk wore a T-shirt with the slogan "Occupy Mars", smoked marijuana, wielded a samurai sword and a flamethrower, mused on the end of the world and the future of artificial intelligence and said he wondered as a child if he was insane because of his "never-ending explosion" of ideas.

In Tesla's financial news, with Musk's short-lived plan to take the company private now dead, the focus has turned to Tesla's $920 million of convertible bonds. Later, Tesla's eccentric CEO tweeted that he was negotiating the go-private deal with buyout firm Silver Lake, investment bank Goldman Sachs and several other firms, including the Saudi Arabian government. Not long after, it was also reported the company's human resources chief Gaby Toledano won't be returning from leave.

Morton - who did not respond to a request for comment - joined Tesla last month from Seagate Technology where he served as a VP for two decades and CFO for nearly three years.

Now, as the smoke clears, Musk's electric vehicle company finds itself facing dire straits.

Musk smoking on "The Joe Rogan Experience."Joe Rogan Experience/YouTubeOn Thursday, Musk was filmed taking a drag on a spliff and drinking whiskey while being interviewed for the "Joe Rogan Experience" podcast".

Musk told Rogan that he has a design for an electric airplane, which he thinks would be better than current planes because it would be capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) and supersonic flight at high altitudes. "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton said in the filing. "It's very hard to keep a auto company alive", Musk said. "I don't actually notice any effect.I don't find that it is very good for productivity". Tesla is now worth roughly $21 billion less than it was in the immediate aftermath of Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.

The company disclosed the departure in a regulatory filing.

Shares of Tesla fell Friday morning.

"We have been calling for a co-CEO or COO to assist to codifying the leadership structure and in so doing, the culture at Tesla", said James Albertine, analyst at brokerage Consumer Edge, speaking before the promotions were announced.

Nonetheless, Tesla shareholders were not amused to see yet another impulsive act from the CEO, and shares dropped by 9% before closing down 6%. The report, which was published by electric car-themed news site InsideEVs, estimated that the Tesla Model 3, Model S, and Model X, were the Top 3 electric cars in the USA in August.

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