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Shares of electric auto maker Tesla Inc. fell more than 6 per cent early Friday after the CEO appeared to smoke marijuana during an interview and the company's accounting chief left after a month on the job.

"I think I tried one once", said Musk, when asked if he had ever smoked a mix of weed and tobacco.

Also on Friday, Bloomberg reported that Tesla's human-resources chief, Gaby Toledano, would not return from a leave of absence that began in August.

Shares of Tesla fell Friday morning.

The departures came after CEO Elon Musk gave a wide-ranging, almost three-hour interview to podcast host Joe Rogan and addressed topics ranging from his job at Tesla to the the end of the world.

Hours before the posting, Musk sat for a 2 1/2-hour interview with comedian Joe Rogan, during which the two mused about work and life while smoking a marijuana joint on camera. But Musk also said this isn't really a priority, and he also dismissed the concept of a flying auto as impractical. Musk told Rogan that captaining Tesla is the hardest of all his endeavors - and his endeavors include space travel.

In early trading, Tesla's shares were off as much as 9 percent. Virgin Group founder Richard Branson reportedly encouraged parents to smoke joints with their children.

Denning took aim at Musk's Thursday appearance on the Joe Rogan podcast, which included a segment in which Musk sounded more like a high college student than the CEO of a massive tech conglomerate.

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Marijuana is legal in California, where the interview took place, but Musk's phone later started buzzing.

Several Wall Street analysts renewed calls for the company to appoint another senior leader, either to replace Musk as chief executive or provide more support as the company strives to expand production and potentially raise more capital.

"I'm getting text messages from friends saying, 'What the hell are you doing smoking weed?'" he said.

At this point, you have either made your peace with it and want to let Tesla's genius just be himself; or you've been wondering how on earth (that giant, lightly crusted ball of lava) the stock price has defied the onslaught of missed targets, tantrums, the tent, Pedo-Gate, and the take-private-yeah?-nah fiasco.

Also on Friday, Tesla disclosed that its chief of accounting, Dave Morton, was leaving the company only weeks after being hired.

The vehicle company has struggled to scale up production of its Model 3 sedan, which has been hit by a number of delays, intensifying the pressure on Musk.

Musk had previously apologised for his comments about Mr Unsworth, who helped with the globally-documented rescue of a young football team from caves in Thailand, but repeated the claims this week.

He said accomplishing things and being useful to others kept him going, as he urged others to spend less time on social media.

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