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Elon Musk Asks For Someone Else to Take His Job After Admitting Drug Use

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Despite the success of Elon Musk’s various companies, and his astronomical net-worth, critics have been hounding him to step down from his role at Tesla. Now Musk has given a very unusual and candid interview in which he comes clean about his reliance on drugs and asks that Tesla replace him as CEO.

“The 47-year-old is facing mounting pressure and an SEC investigation over a tweet sent last week claiming to have ‘secured funding’ to take Tesla private,” The Daily Mail notes.

This is just the latest but of bad news for Tesla investors. Then came the interview with the New York Times.

In the interview, Musk said 2018 has been “excruciating” and the “most difficult and most painful year of his career.”

The board, he noted, is aware that Musk uses “recreational drugs.” He also claims he has to have Ambien in order to sleep. “It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien.”

The board, according to the interview, seemed more concerned with the damage Musk is capable of with an errant tweet, and encouraged him to stop using social media.

Musk claims he wasn’t using any recreational drugs when he tweeted that he would buy back shares of Tesla for $420. “It seemed like better karma at $420 than at $419. But I was not on weed, to be clear,” he said.

“Weed is not helpful for productivity. There’s a reason for the word ‘stoned.’ You just sit there like a stone on weed.”

The board, in an effort to lighten the load on Musk, is looking for a subordinate to work with him. Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is one of the notable figures who has been approached about the position.

Musk, though, remains oddly defiant. He says there is “no active search” to replace him. He also claims he has no plans to step aside, despite the rumors. “If you have anyone who can do a better job, please let me know,” he said. “They can have the job.”

“Is there someone who can do the job better? They can have the reins right now.”

Just what will happen with Musk’s various leadership roles at his companies remains to be seen. This interview may well have been a first step to admitting he has problems that require attention.