Dave Morton said in a securities filing Friday that his decision to step down as chief accounting officer after less than a month on the job stemmed from "the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company" having exceeded his expectations. "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future", Morton said in the filing.
"It's legal right?" Musk asked, before Rogan said it was "totally legal" and the entrepreneur took a drag of the cigarette.
Musk touched on the difficulties of having the kind of brain that has enabled him to build and run multiple high-tech companies at the same time.
Tesla is under extreme pressure to turn a sustained net profit starting this quarter, as promised by Musk.
Analysts on Friday reiterated their call for Tesla to bring in another senior leader.
Morton's departure further roiled the company, which has been under heightened scrutiny since Musk's chaotic Twitter announcement on August 7 that he was considering taking Tesla private, before reversing the plan two weeks later.
In early trading, Tesla's shares were off as much as 9 percent.
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Morton - who did not respond to a request for comment - joined Tesla last month from Seagate Technology where he served as a VP for two decades and CFO for nearly three years.
"I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'" Musk added after smoking.
We got to see just that, a spike and a drop in just a few days, all from the possibly illegal Elon Musk Tweet that was posted exactly a month ago today. We own two Tesla cars. Meanwhile Musk somehow can't stop accusing one of the cave divers who rescued those trapped children in Thailand of being a pedophile. I don't find that it's very good for productivity.
Elon also indulged in certain recreational drugs during the podcast.
The billionaire entrepreneur addressed his tumultuous year in an emotional interview with The New York Times in August, in which he admitted he was experiencing the "most hard and painful year" of his career.