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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". Not only did Musk not have any kind of written funding deal, many Tesla investors saw little upside in approving a deal that would reduce Tesla's transparency and the liquidity of Tesla stock.

Mr Morton said he still believes strongly in Tesla's "mission and future prospects" and has "no disagreements with Tesla's leadership or its financial reporting".

Viecha also restated Tesla's forecast that it will build 50,000 to 55,000 of its Model 3 sedans in the current quarter, and indicated the company's working capital will improve as production increases, Spak wrote.

"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. Marijuana is legal for medical and recreational use in California, where the interview was recorded.

Especially weird moments involving the Tesla chief of late include disparaging remarks about Vernon Unsworth, a Briton who helped save boys trapped in a Thai cave and the abrupt shutdown of Wall Street analyst's questions during a contentious earnings conference call.

The online incident follows turmoil at Tesla Inc. this week as the news that two senior executives have chose to leave the electric-car making company. Musk said. "Totally legal", Rogan said.

"There's a lot of negativity on Twitter", Musk said.

He went on to say that running Tesla was the "hardest" job he has: "It's very difficult to keep a vehicle company alive".

Although he later announced that Tesla would remain a publicly traded company to appease shareholders, that tweet spurred the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to launch an investigation into the veracity of Musk's statement.

"You probably can't do this because of stockholders, right?", Rogan asked, to which Musk nonchalantly shrugged.

The company's head of accounting, Dave Morton, and head of human resources, Gaby Toledano, announced they were leaving the company. "It's very hard to keep a auto company alive". Since the start of the year, 41 executives have left, according to CNBC. She sits on the boards of four tech companies.

There has been periodic talk of installing a No. 2 under Musk or a chief operating officer, as is the case at SpaceX, his private rocket company.

Musk has made Tesla's brand inseparable from his own image. He then backed off from his plan saying Tesla was better off as a public company.

He had previously argued it would be detrimental to the existence of humanity but conceded the future of artificial intelligence was now outside of human control.

"I'm not saying it's going to be successful", Musk said, though he noted it has already dug a mile-long tunnel under the streets of Los Angeles. "I'd rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right".