Charles Barkley speaks about his ‘Inside the NBA’ future, blasts cancel culture: ‘Can’t have fun nowadays’

Charles Barkley has often said he didn't expect to be on the award-winning "Inside the NBA" for this long. 

Barkley has been a part of the show since 2000, and has won four Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Studio Analyst.

But the 58-year-old Naismith Hall of Famer has some thoughts of when he will say goodbye to his television gig. 

”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 until 60," Barkley told WJFK 106.7 The Fan in Washington earlier this week.I’ve already told them that. I’m not working until the day I die. That’s just stupid. And if I don’t have enough money by now, I’m an idiot, anyway. They should fire me, anyway."

CBS announcer Charles Barkley prior to the national championship game in the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament between the Gonzaga Bulldogs and the Baylor Bears at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

Barkley says he blames the current stigma of "cancel culture" where past behavior or comments can land you in hot water. 

“If you crack a joke the wrong way, they’re like, ‘Oh, no, no, no, you crossed the line,’” Barkley said. “I mean, they won’t even let me talk about San Antonio anymore when I’m always talking about their big ole women down in San Antonio. They’re like, ‘Charles, we got one lady (who) wrote an article.’ I’m like, ‘First of all, I didn’t call anybody personally fat in San Antonio; I was just joking around.’

His bosses at Turner Sports have talked to him frequently about taking jokes too far. 

“That’s all we ever talk about behind the scenes like, ‘Yo, man, be careful going in this direction.’ I’m like, ‘Yo, man, we can’t even have fun anymore." Barkley said.

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