But that's not it.
Securities and Exchange Commission filings released Friday revealed Tesla's chief accountant, Dave Morton left the company just one month after he arrived, and Toledano's departure, which was announced after she took leave from the company, comes after Ganesh Srivats, a top sales executive at the company, left under similar circumstances.
Musk raised eyebrows on social media after accepting what Rogan said was a joint of marijuana and tobacco and taking a puff.
In an interview with The New York Times while the gambit was still in play, Musk didn't deny a connection.
In the clip, Rogan lights up what looks like a cigar, and Musk inquires what he's holding.
Then, last month, rap singer Azealia Banks, a friend of the singer Grimes, whom Musk has been dating, claimed in a tweet that she saw Musk high on LSD at the time he tweeted about taking Tesla private. "I think I tried one once", said the CEO with a nervous laugh.
"Since I joined Tesla on August 6, the level of public attention placed on the company, as well as the pace within the company, have exceeded my expectations", said Morton in company filings, CNBC reports.
"I'm not a regular smoker of weed", Mr Musk said. What's most frustrating about Musk is that, at the end of the day, he is a brilliant mind.More news: 2+2 dialogue: Sushma, Sitharaman meet with American counterparts
Morton joined the electric vehicle company the day before Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private, causing stocks to soar and prompting and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation from over whether he had funding secured, as he had stated. His responsibilities could include the types of things analysts have said Musk needs a COO to do in running the day-to-day operations of the company.
For former Tesla production employee Crystal Guardado, the image of Musk enveloped in a cloud of smoke was particularly jarring, because she says the company fired her in a year ago for testing positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana. The company has been embroiled in at least two whistleblower cases at its Gigafactory in which former employees allege it mishandled materials, didn't investigate theft, and allowed a drug dealer to operate.
Almost a dozen top executives have left Tesla this year.
While the signal sent by the string of resignations was more concrete evidence of disfunction, Musk's decision to smoke pot on a live stream added fuel to swirling speculation that the executive's erratic behavior in recent months was influenced by drug use.
"It's quite hard to run companies". He is not only chief executive of the 15-year-old company but also its chairman and largest shareholder.
Later on Friday, Musk announced a series of promotions to fill a variety of open positions including president of automative and vice president of people and places.
"It's time for Tesla and Elon Musk to grow up", Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Autotrader, said Friday. Without his technical acumen and large-scale vision, companies like Tesla and SpaceX would never have materialized in today's world of risk mitigated profit motives. "I'd rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right". Buzzfeed News reported earlier in the week that Musk, in an email to the news site, called Unsworth a "child rapist".