"They're like, 'Charles, we got one lady wrote an article.' I'm like first of all, I didn't call anybody PERSONALLY fat in San Antonio. I was just joking around and when this one lady wrote this article ... we've been having fun with this for probably 10, 15 years!"
Barkley says the outrage is a product of cancel culture -- saying, "You can't even have fun nowadays without these jackasses trying to get you canceled and things like that."
The 58-year-old says he's not too worried -- because he plans on retiring in a few years anyway.
"I'm trying to hang on for another couple of years until I'm 60 and then they can kiss my ass."
"I'm only working till 60 ... I've already told 'em that. I'm not working until the day I die, that's stupid. And, if I don't have enough money by now, I'm an idiot anyway, so they should fire me anyway."