Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton said he resigned because the level of public attention on Tesla, as well as the pace within the company, was greater than he expected, according to a company filing. Employees at both its Fremont, California, vehicle factory and Reno, Nevada, battery Gigafactory, have been living through what Musk has called "production hell", working to ramp up production of the company's critical Model 3 sedan.
Musk hit back at Vernon in a freaky series of tweets. Tesla's stock plunged, then extended declines after Gabrielle Toledano, the head of human resources who's been on a leave of absence, told Bloomberg News that she won't rejoin the company.
Tesla did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
Musk said Tesla is about to build and deliver more than twice as many cars as it did last quarter, without being specific about whether the company would accomplish this feat in the third or fourth quarter.
Sure, the prospect of Tesla CEO Elon Musk smoking a joint with Joe Rogan, while wielding a samurai sword and a flamethrower as the two talked about artificial intelligence, is enough to give your weird second cousin who just discovered Wikileaks an erection so big it could blot out the sun.
"Come on man", Mr. Rogan laughed.
"I don't think you would necessarily want to be me - you wouldn't like it that much", Musk told Rogan during the live-streamed podcast.
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At one point, Musk described the constant barrage of ideas in his mind as being "like a "never-ending explosion", and said he wondered as a young boy whether he might be insane because it didn't seem to happen to other people". "I don't actually notice any effect".
Morton, a former CFO for computer-drive maker Seagate Technology, joined Tesla one day before Musk tweeted that he was considering buying out some investors at $420 a share and taking the company private. He added that he still believed in Tesla, that "I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting".
Analysts on Friday reiterated their call for Tesla to bring in another senior leader.
Nonetheless, Tesla shareholders were not amused to see yet another impulsive act from the CEO, and shares dropped by 9% before closing down 6%.
Musk is definitely not flying high after his infamous toke set his company stocks ablaze... The chairman and CEO of both Tesla and Space Exploration Technologies Corp., among other companies, recently gave an emotional interview to The New York Times in which he said friends were anxious about exhaustion.
Prominent short-seller Andrew Left has sued Tesla and Musk, saying in his proposed class-action complaint on Thursday that Musk's issuance of materially false and misleading information related to his abandoned plan harmed both short-sellers and those hoping the stock would rise.