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Elon Musk Smokes Weed on Joe Rogan Show

Elon Musk Smokes Weed on Joe Rogan Show

The turmoil at Tesla reached a fever pitch on Friday as news emerged that two senior executives will leave Elon Musk's electric-car maker a matter of hours after he smoked marijuana during an hours-long interview with a comedian.

Tesla's chief accounting officer, Dave Morton, said he was leaving the company after considering the level of attention Tesla has received and the "pace within the company".

Musk stunned investors last month with tweets saying he had funding to take the company private for $420 (£323) a share.

CEO Elon Musk appeared on "The Joe Rogan Experience" overnight.

"I don't think most people would like to be me", said Musk. Musk touched on all manner of things in the interview, but he's drawing the most attention for taking a puff of a marijuana-tobacco joint handed to him by Rogan.

Joe Rogan Experience/YouTubeElon Musk smokes weed on the "Joe Rogan Experience". Shares soared on the news, eventually rising more than 10 percent (the Nasdaq briefly halted trading to ensure the tweet was legitimate).

Musk had previously apologised for his comments about Mr Unsworth, who helped with the globally-documented rescue of a young football team from caves in Thailand, but repeated the claims this week.

The latest round of executive departures comes after Elon Musk opted to walk away from his initiative to take the company private last month.

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During the show, Musk and Rogan discussed artificial intelligence, whiskey, and Musk's planned transport tunnel beneath Los Angeles.

Musk's behaviour has created concern among Tesla shareholders who have questioned his leadership ability following a series of controversies in recent months.

Tesla shares fell as much as 10% to $252.25 as of 9.46am in NY, the steepest intra-day drop since June 2016.

Tesla has told investors it expects to turn a profit in the second half of this year, a forecast the company's head of investor relations, Martin Viecha, reiterated at a conference earlier this week sponsored by RBC Capital Markets, RBC analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note on Thursday.

One company just seems to be permanently stuck in the spotlight: Tesla (NASDAQ:TLSA).

The tumult comes as Tesla has been ramping up production of its Model 3 electric auto, which is seen as a make-or-break effort for the company.

Along the way, Musk drew a subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which already had been scrutinizing the public pronouncements he's made regarding manufacturing goals and sales targets.