Even before the announcement of Morton's departure, the company's shares were already seeing a slight decline in Friday's pre-market trading as reports of Elon Musk's behavior in a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan emerged.
"Is that a joint?"
The Tesla-founding billionaire took a drag during an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, as well as swigging whisky.
Upon Rogan asking if he's ever had it, Musk says that he thinks he "tried one once" before Rogan teases: "Come on, man".
"Totally legal", Rogan replied as Musk reached for the joint.
The two then drank some whiskey and discussed how alcohol is also a drug.
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At one point, Musk and Rogan shared a spliff, though Musk said doesn't make a habit of smoking weed, which he called "a cup of coffee in reverse". The chairman and CEO of both Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., among other companies, gave an emotional interview to the New York Times in which he said friends were anxious about exhaustion. "I don't think people would like it that much".
Musk explained that he's "not a regular smoker of weed" because he "doesn't find it's very good for productivity".
Tesla is under extreme pressure to turn a sustained net profit starting this quarter, as promised by Musk.
Morton took over the role in August 2018 after the former chief accountant, Eric Branderiz, left the post after almost two years.His resignation comes in the wake of departures by other Tesla executives including chief engineer Doug Field and top sales executive Ganesh Srivats who both resigned in July. They both giggled and Musk said, "That would be great".
"The interesting thing about an electric plane is that you want to go as high as possible, but you need a certain energy density in the battery pack, because you have to overcome gravitational potential energy", Musk said.
"As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future".