On Friday, Tesla's chief accounting officer unexpectedly resigned after a month on the job - leaving a hole in the embattled company's management. But a lot of the "public attention" Tesla received during Morton's brief tenure was focused on the possibility of Tesla going private.
Some Wall Street analysts are again calling for Tesla to appoint another senior leader for the company to take the pressure off Elon Musk, or rein in his control.
Even before the announcement of Morton's departure, the company's shares were already seeing a slight decline in Friday's pre-market trading as reports of Elon Musk's behavior in a podcast with comedian Joe Rogan emerged. He launched a line of flamethrowers, he shot a Tesla auto into space, and he began dating musician Grimes.
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.
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"I think you have a responsibility as a CEO to be a role model to young kids and kids in college and young executives, to your employees", Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy said on Friday during an interview on FOX Business' "Cavuto: Coast to Coast".
The Thursday night interview in Los Angeles with Rogan culminated with the two men smoking a blunt.
"I want to be clear that I believe strongly in Tesla, its mission, and its future prospects, and I have no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting", the company quoted Morton as saying in a filing.
In interviews afterwards, Musk said he was exhausted, working long hours with little sleep, was using sleeping pills and was frustrated with the demands of operating a public company. "I don't actually notice any effect.I don't find that it is very good for productivity". Musk tweeted his plan to pay shareholders $420 a share with "funding secured" on August 7, the day after Morton started at Tesla. The company's 5.3% bonds dropped 1.75c to 84c on the dollar, a record low, according to Trace bond price data. The SEC is investigating the circumstances surrounding the tweet; no evidence that funding had been secured was ever put forth by Musk or Tesla. 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. According to an article on NBC News, Tesla's stock has plummeted 9% since the episode aired on September 6.