I do feel a little bad for George Lucas, considering his lack of involvement in a project is important enough to be newsworthy. Still, it's definitely time for a new director to put his spin on Star Wars (although some may argue he already did in 2009), and it seems that J.J. Abrams is intent on making it his own.
In an interview with Access Hollywood, Lucas revealed that he has yet to even sit down with J.J. to discuss the new films.
I have not spoken to J.J. He’s been busy with Star Trek, and I’m sure that he’ll let me know when he’s got some questions. So, you know, that’s all going well. Kathy tells me it’s working out great.
The fact that Lucas doesn't even know anything past what Kathleen Kennedy is telling him seems to indicate that he isn't really in the loop anymore. He's stated many times that he's had just about enough with the series, so it makes sense that he's keeping his distance, and letting someone else worry about the franchise for a change.
For fans who are hoping for a different Star Wars than what we got in Episodes I - III, this is probably some very good news. George Lucas seems to be taking a well-deserved break, and with him out of the way, the door is wide open for J.J. Abrams to craft his own vision for the landmark series.