Musk turned heads with a more than two-hour podcast interview with comedian Joe Rogan in which he drank whisky and appeared to smoke a marijuana-and-tobacco cigarette proffered by the comedian as he mused about artificial intelligence and colonising space.
Musk said he was not as anxious about artificial intelligence than he was previously after taking a more fatalistic attitude.
"You probably can't do this because of stockholders, right?", Rogan asked, to which Musk nonchalantly shrugged.
The spot on one of the most popular podcasts in the US 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. I don't find that it's very good for productivity.
The US Air Force seems to be unsure how to react to SpaceX CEO's marijuana smoking, and whether to review the security clearance of Elon Musk, whose company provides satellite launch services to the US government.
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. He took leave from the company in 2015 but rejoined to work on the Semi truck revealed in November of a year ago.
Big picture: regardless of Musk's actions, if Tesla can sell more than 60,000 Model 3s per quarter at a gross margin of 20% or greater, the company will be successful.
Depending on your perspective, you may be a bit conflicted as you digest the Friday morning news surrounding Tesla Inc.
The drop followed not only Mr. Musk's interview, but also Chief Accounting Officer Dave Morton's resignation that was announced this week. Buzzfeed News reported earlier in the week that Musk, in an email to the news site, called Unsworth a "child rapist".
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.
He continued, "As a result, this caused me to reconsider my future".
Meanwhile, the company announced in a regulatory filing the departure of Morton, who is quoted by Tesla as stepping down due to the level of public scrutiny and the pace at the company but not over any disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting.
Concerned investors drove Tesla's stock price down 5 percent to $265.22 as of 12:12 p.m. on Friday.
Shares of Tesla shares have declined more than $100 after the go-private dalliance. Several analysts have argued the company needs to hire a chief operating officer to help management the company and bring stability to its day-to-day operations.