Tesla's top accountant exits after a month on the job

Tesla chief Elon Musk smokes marijuana on live web show

The departures came after CEO Elon Musk gave a wide-ranging, almost three-hour interview to podcast host Joe Rogan and addressed topics ranging from his job at Tesla to the the end of the world.

Philippe Houchois, an analyst at Jefferies Group LLC with a hold rating on Tesla shares, said that Musk "seems to be on a slightly self-destructive bent". He also sipped on whiskey during the interview.

BuzzFeed News reported earlier in the week that Musk, in an email to the news site, called Mr Unsworth a "child rapist".

"I think I tried one once", Musk replied with a laugh.

Shortly after smoking, Musk - dressed in a black T-shirt that says "Occupy Mars" - looks at his phone and laughs, telling Rogan he is getting texts from friends asking why he's smoking weed during the interview.

The spot on one of the most popular podcasts in the USA marks Musk's first appearance in a public forum since he stunned the financial world last month with his short-lived effort to take Tesla private. What I'm saying is that when Musk is bad the tweets are good, and here are the best ones from today's well-deserved social media dogpile. Elon Musk has continued to self-inflict PR disasters one after another, and not only that, but there is a disturbing trend of top talent bailing out on the automaker.

The plunge in Tesla's stock comes just a day after Elon Musk expressed his support for a report estimating the U.S. sales figures for electric cars now available in the United States.

On Aug. 24, more than two weeks after blindsiding employees and investors with the tweet, Musk chose to keep Tesla a public company.

Coupled with Musk's antics on the podcast, news of two high profile exits from Tesla saw the company's shares plunge close to 9%.

Just hours after the show, the company said its chief accounting officer had resigned, citing discomfort with the level of public attention in the company.

Jerome Guillen, who was responsible for overseeing Tesla's engineering and sales operations, was elevated to the new position of president of automotive operations, while Kevin Kassekert, who had been vice-president of infrastructure development, was appointed as vice-president of people and places, replacing Ms Toledano, who told Bloomberg on Friday she would not return from a leave of absence.

"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'".

"This caused me to reconsider my future", Morton said.

With Musk's questionable behavior persisting, an analysis from Consumer Edge states that Tesla "needs to entertain a major change in the C-Suite" in order to regain stability, MarketWatch reports.

Especially weird 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.

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