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"I thought the worst of it was over - I thought it was", said Musk.

"I've had friends come by who are really concerned".

The interview comes after a very rough couple of weeks for both Musk and his electric auto company.

Tesla shares closed at $305.50, their lowest level since August 1, as analysts and business professors questioned whether the company's board should grant Musk a leave or even replace him with a more seasoned CEO. But Gordon said it has to act now or be open to shareholder lawsuits.

After Musk, the next most senior managers at Tesla are Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel, and Deepak Ahuja, the company's chief financial officer.

The interview and other actions, Gordon said, are signs that Musk no longer can handle the CEO job.

Musk's revealing interview, and the subsequent reports about Tesla, gave the internet a lot of material for jokes and reactions. Instead, he or she would form a team to work overnight and solve problems.

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There were multiple reports the US Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating the disclosure, including asking board members what they knew about Mr Musk's plans. During a conference call earlier this year, he got testy with analysts over a perceived cash crunch at Tesla, scolding them for "boring questions".

Musk, 47, has a reputation for being an eccentric visionary.

At midday, the trend line for Tesla's stock was excruciating as well, registering an 8 percent drop to around $308 a share.

They have since fallen back but remain elevated.

After all these though, Musk says he does not regret the tweet.

Elon Musk has admitted that exhaustion is taking its toll.

On Tuesday, Tesla said its board of directors had formed a special committee to consider any forthcoming go-private proposals.

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Musk said on Monday that the manager of Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund had voiced support for the company going private several times, including as recently as two weeks ago, but also said that talks continue with the fund and other investors. He flew directly from the Gigafactory to his brother Kimbal's wedding in Catalonia, where was to be best man, arriving two hours before the ceremony, and returned immediately to Tesla headquarters afterward. The article quoted one source as saying some board members are anxious that Musk is tweeting on Ambien, and referred to concerns about occasional recreational-drug use.

"At least a few months of extreme torture from the short-sellers, who are desperately pushing a narrative that will possibly result in Tesla's destruction", he lamented.

The Saudi sovereign wealth fund first met with Musk early previous year about taking Tesla private, Musk said, adding that they'd met multiple times.

For more about Musk's state of mind, including the reason he settled on $420 as the target price for a buyback of Tesla shares, check out the Times interview.

The Wall Street Journal said the SEC was seeking information from each Tesla director.

The latest news extended the roller-coaster ride for Tesla investors in recent days, adding to uncertainty about the future course of the company and whether a deal can be done amid growing regulatory complications.

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