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Rogan's podcast is known for being choppy and focused on a wide array of topics, but Musk's appearance was particularly wild, as the two went from discussing ancient weaponry to talking about the CEO's new electric plane design.

(TSLA.O) has reached a fever pitch, with the news that two senior executives are leaving Elon Musk's electric-car maker emerging hours after he smoked marijuana during a podcast interview streamed live online.

In a statement released Friday, Morton, who quit Tesla on September 4, said his departure was prompted by increased levels of public scrutiny surrounding the vehicle company. The interview took place in California, a state that legalized the recreational use of marijuana this year.

It's unusual for a CEO of a public company to smoke weed on camera, but this is just the latest instance of atypical behavior from Musk. Once Rogan clarified that it was indeed weed rolled in tobacco leaf, Musk feigned experience, exclaiming "I think I tried one once", behind a series of quick head nods.

The episode also raised concern about Musk's health.

Accounting officer Dave Morton's resignation was announced in an official filing with U.S. regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission.

"The team, the skill set that have been phenomenal to create Tesla are not the ones we need for the next stage", said Houchois, who has a US$360 price target on the stock.

Daniel Sparks owns shares of Tesla.

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Late Friday evening, Tesla announced an executive reshuffling, after a month or more of chaos within the company.

Bloomberg also reported Tesla's Chief People Officer Gaby Toledano was to leave the company just over a year after joining.

Musk talked in a New York Times interview last month about the stress that Tesla is putting on him personally as he works 120 hours a week, sleeping at the factory, cut off from family and friends. Musk told Rogan that captaining Tesla is the hardest of all his endeavors - and his endeavors include space travel. He'll report directly to Musk, the CEO said in a note to employees.

"I can not answer questions about potential future products".

Morton had been on the job for about a month, starting one day before Musk announced on Twitter that he was considering taking the electric auto company private.

With Tesla's stock falling to its lowest level since April, short sellers added 810,000 shares to their positions, bringing the total as of Thursday to about 32.6 million shares, according to S3 Partners, a financial technology and analytics firm.

The US Securities and Exchange Commission is understood to have already opened an inquiry into Mr Musk's tweets.

"This caused me to reconsider my future", Morton said. Morton had taken over for the company's previous account head, Eric Branderiz, who resigned on March 7 citing "personal reasons".


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