I've never hated him but I was starting to get somewhat irritated whenever I read a quote of his stating that there was no further Star Wars story after Jedi. There obviously was, with all of those Extended Universe(?) books (which I have never read). It made me start to think that he was maybe so petty and egotistical that he was afraid that someone would come along and do something brilliant thereby making him look even worse vis a vis the PT.
But now that he has sold the rights to the franchise to a company who is more than willing to explore the franchise beyond Jedi, all is forgiven. I still think the man just got older and wiser and finally, it just wasn't that big a deal to him anyomre, having someone else handle his baby. Perhaps meeting a good woman and falling in love did it.
But wouldn't you know it, there are fans who are bellyaching about Disney and J.J. before even seeing a teaser. Perhaps George wasn't the only one in need of some growth.