The company, hurt in the past month by Musk’s high-profile U-turn on a deal to take it private, said Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton resigned, citing discomfort with the level of public attention and pace.
Tesla shares plummeted Friday after two executives announced their departures from the company and video of Elon Musk smoking weed and drinking whiskey on a popular podcast began to circulate on social media.
Tesla is under extreme pressure to turn a sustained net profit starting this quarter, as promised by Musk.
“It’s legal right?” Musk asked, before Rogan said it was “totally legal” and the entrepreneur took a drag of the cigarette.
Tesla shares have fallen sharply after two senior executives abruptly left the electric vehicle firm headed by Elon Musk.
“This caused me to reconsider my future”, Morton said. But I don’t think it’s very good for productivity.
Separately, human resources chief Gabrielle Toledano told Bloomberg she planned to exit the company, not returning from a leave of absence.
Musk did not directly address the suit during the Rogan sit-down.
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.
CEO appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast on Thursday night , where he discussed a wide range of topics including his tweeting behavior, his Boring Co.’s flamethrowers, and “neuralink” devices that could connect brains to computers.
“I’m not a regular smoker of weed”, Musk told Rogan.
“I don’t think most people would like to be me”, said Musk. Considering the recent stock drop, as well as the apparent effects of Musk’s little cannabis puff to Tesla shareholders, Albertine noted that the time might be right for Tesla’s Board to step in.
Tesla has long faced frequent executive turnover as the company faces intense pressure to succeed.
Elon Musk’s public marijuana consumption could be a hit to his professional career. The about-face attracted attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which reportedly launched an investigation into Tesla for possible stock manipulation.
As a result, Tesla stock is down almost five percent on Friday morning.