"Since I joined Tesla on August 6th, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", Morton said.
"This caused me to reconsider my future", Morton said. Not long after, it was also reported the company's human resources chief Gaby Toledano won't be returning from leave.
Elon Musk, the billionaire chief executive of Tesla, risked provoking fresh concern from investors on Friday after smoking marijuana on a live web show with USA comedian Joe Rogan. Rogan further explains the legal-in-California creation, before Musk reaches for the marijuana stuffed cigar and takes a drag.
In a two-and-a-half-hour discussion with comedian Joe Rogan, Musk touched on topics as diverse as living in a computer simulation to coming up with a flamethrower "that's not a flamethrower" as a promotional item for his Boring Company.
If such a system is connected to your auto, it could calculate when you'll be home and start the air conditioning at the optimal time to save energy, Musk said. Tesla and its CEO are now also facing a litany of lawsuits claiming market manipulation, including one filed Thursday by Andrew Left, a prominent short seller and the founder of Citron Research. Tesla is now worth roughly $21 billion less than it was in the immediate aftermath of Musk's infamous "funding secured" tweet.
Nonetheless, Tesla shareholders were not amused to see yet another impulsive act from the CEO, and shares dropped by 9% before closing down 6%. 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.
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Morton, a former chief financial officer for computer-drive maker Seagate Technology Plc, joined Tesla one day before Musk tweeted that he was considering buying out some investors at US$420 a share and taking the company private.
"I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'" Musk added after smoking.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks during the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S., July 15, 2017.
Fox Business Network's Charlie Gasparino tweeted Friday that the Air Force "is looking into Elon Musk's pot-smoking", which is prohibited by anyone who has a government security clearance. Musk asked Rogan in the video. As for recreational drugs, he has used them "on occasion", sources said.
Especially freakish 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.