Tesla stocks drop 6 percent after emotional Musk interview

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That tweet, and shrill attacks on Tesla's critics, may indicate the need for someone else to take the company's reins. Musk also reassured the readers that no final decisions would be made without an "appropriate evaluation process" or the "required regulatory approvals".

Furthermore, the price of $420 a share was the result of a rounding up, and Musk made it clear that "he was not on weed".

The last time he was off the clock for more than a week. "I've had friends come by who are really concerned", Musk told The Times. The interview did not cover the multiple rounds of Tesla layoffs, workers that could have presumably helped Musk shoulder the load.

The Times also quoted Musk as saying that Tesla tried to recruit Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg a couple of years ago to serve as the company's No. 2 executive under Musk - a role similar to that filled by Gwynne Shotwell as president of SpaceX, Musk's privately held space venture.

At midday, the trend line for Tesla's stock was excruciating as well, registering an 8 percent drop to around $308 a share. But he cryptically added, "if you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know".

Musk stunned markets last week with a tweet that he was considering taking Tesla private for $420 per share and that he had secured funding.

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"They can have the job. You just sit there like a stone on weed".

He has since said he is searching for funds for the effort.

Getty Images/Joshua LottEngineer and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk of The Boring Company listens as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about constructing a high speed transit tunnel at Block 37 during a news conference on June 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Switching between manic laughter and tears, he admitted to working 120-hour weeks - unparalleled commitment from a man who is wholly consumed by his work.

The Wall Street Journal reported that government regulators have subpoenaed Tesla as they dig deeper into his disclosure of the potential buyout.

Some company directors have expressed concern about Mr Musk's workload, as well as his use of the sedative Ambien, the paper said.

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And while he says he's open to someone else taking over from him, Musk also reckons that there's no-one who could do any better. Taking Tesla private would finally put an end to short-sellers - you can't freely sell and buy private company stock - and allow Musk to finally get some much needed sleep.

The firm's board said this week that it has formed a special committee to consider going private.

In a separate report, The Wall Street Journal said securities regulators have been investigating if Tesla misled investors about production problems for its Model 3 auto.

The company could face sanctions if regulators find it did not accurately portray production delays to investors. "It seems odd that Mr. Hansen would claim that he is concerned about something happening within the company, but then refuse to engage with the company to discuss the information that he believes he has".

But Gordon said a CEO wouldn't live at the factory.

A month earlier, in May this year, it emerged that Musk had launched an extraordinary outburst during a quarterly earnings conference call.

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The interview follows a pattern of freaky behavior from the billionaire.

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