Elon Musk and Apple deny wild story that he tried to replace Tim Cook

Tesla CEO Elon Musk reportedly demanded to become Apple’s CEO in a 2016 phone call with current Apple CEO Tim Cook, according to an upcoming book on Tesla. The story, shared by the Los Angeles Times, comes from Power Play: Tesla, Elon Musk and the Bet of the Century by means of The Wall Street Journal reporter Tim Higgins.

As the book puts it, Cook suggested to Musk that Apple should acquire Tesla, and Musk said he wanted to be CEO. Cook reportedly agreed, but Musk clarified that he wanted to become Apple’s CEO. “According to a former assistant who heard (Musk’s) retelling of the exchange,” Cook said, “Fuck you” before hanging up the phone.

But Musk and Apple have both suggested that the conversation couldn’t have happened because Musk and Cook never spoke to each other.

Musk, in a tweet on Friday, frankly said that “Cook and I have never spoken or written to each other.” He also said he tried to meet with Cook about Apple’s takeover of Tesla, a meeting Cook declined. (Musk previously discussed this attempted meeting in December.)

When asked to comment on the reported conversation, Apple pointed to comments Cook made during an interview with The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, where he denied ever speaking to Elon. “You know, I’ve never spoken to Elon, although I have great admiration and respect for the company he’s built,” cook said:.

Musk also claims that much of the book is false. “Higgins managed to make his book both false *and* boring,” Musk said in a tweet on Friday::

And Musk apparently tried to pour cold water on the book as it was being written, telling Higgins that much of the book was “nonsense,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Musk apparently did not cooperate in the creation of ‘Power Play’. In a note from the author at the end, Higgins writes that Musk “has been given many opportunities to comment on the stories, facts, and characterizations presented in these pages. Without pointing out specific inaccuracies, he simply offered the following: ‘Most, but not all, of what you read in this book is nonsense.’”

Higgins and a representative of the book’s publisher did not respond to a request for comment.

Shortly after tweeting that he’d never met Cook, Musk tweeted in the App Store in support of Epic’s fight against Apple and its rules. “Apple App Store fees are a de facto global tax on the internet,” musk said:. “Epic is right.”