Elon Musk unplugged set for 60 Minutes interview

James Raia

There’s no one more innovative, controversial and eccentric in the automotive industry than Elon Musk. The founder of Tesla and SpaceX will be a guest on 60 Minutes on Sunday, December 9.

Veteran broadcaster Lesley Stahl will interview the billionaire and discuss his business projects and his recent unusual behavior.

Elon Musk, the controversial inventor of Tesla, will be guest Sunday, Dec. 9 on 60 Minutes.
Elon Musk as a guest on a recent podcast. He will be a guest on 60 Minutes on Dec. 9.

“I am somewhat impulsive,” Musk tells Lesley Stahl in a clip the pending program. “I don’t really want to try to adhere to some CEO template.”

Stahl asks Musk about his strong opinions, actions and penchant for his flare-ups on Twitter.

The interview, according to a preview released by CBS, includes Stahl asking Musk about his impulsiveness.

Musk’s unique opinions have included calling a diver involved in the cave rescue in a Thai cave a ‘pedo.”

Most recently, he smoked pot while being interviewed on a podcast.

“I use tweets to express myself,” Musk said, according to the CBS release. “Some people use their hair, I use Twitter.”

And he added: “I do not smoke pot. As anybody who watched that podcast could tell, I have no idea how to smoke pot or anything. I don’t know how to smoke anything, honestly.”

Musk’s business decisions in recent months have also been viewed as odd by some — and illegal according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

In August, Musk posted in a Tweet he was considering take Tesla private at $420 a share and had funding to do so.

The SEC accused him of manipulating the market and sued him in late September for making “false and misleading” statements to investors.

Two days after the lawsuit, Musk reached a settlement with the commission, agreeing to a personal fine of $20 million, a separate $20 million fine by Tesla and his resignation as chairman of his company.

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