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NEW YORK (CBS Tampa) – While millions of “Star Wars” fans await the release of the latest movie in the saga, there’s one person who won’t be in the theater: the man who created the franchise.

George Lucas spoke to “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose about his decision to never direct another “Star Wars” picture.

“The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, ‘We want to make something for the fans,'” Lucas explained. “People don’t actually realize it’s actually a soap opera and it’s all about family problems, it’s not about spaceships. So they decided they didn’t want to use those stories, they decided they were going to do their own thing so I decided, ‘Fine, I’ll go my way and I let them go their way.'”

“Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens” will be the first film of the franchise that will have no input from Lucas.

He sold the rights to Disney. J.J. Abrams directed the latest installment, which will be in theaters starting Dec. 18.

“When you break up with somebody, the first rule is no phone calls. The second rule, you don’t go over to their house and drive by to see what they’re doing,” he told Rose. “The third one is you don’t show up at their coffee shop and say you are going to burn it. You just say, ‘Nope, gone, history, I’m moving forward.'”

The full interview will air on “CBS This Morning” in December, as part of our Kennedy Center Honors coverage. Lucas is among this year’s recipients.