Not sure what him having final say on changes to the first six movies has to do with him hating the recent ones.
But I never heard anything about him retaining any control. If we had heard it, I think it would have shut this thread down.
Retaining control was wrong wording, but i recall there was SOMETHING in the Disney contract where the initial versions they released were his final cuts. That said it might have had more to do with Fox, which obviously doesn’t matter now.
Eitherway, this cut is confirmed a Lucas cut. It would have been when he was working on the 3D versions that never ended up getting released. I actually think you’re getting confused Zerimar because you mention this was a deleted scene, which it isn’t. It’s an alteration to an existing cut.
Also - just because he doesn’t read the Internet doesn’t mean he doesn’t know what’s going on with the franchise. He has been on set of the TV series and some of the new films. He has been to the premieres. He is well across what is happening.