While it's a little sad not to have General Leia Organa in the last film, I am glad the respect for Fisher...
The tribute highlights Fisher's role as Leia and the impact she had on her costars.
Disney has asked for, and received, permission from Fisher's estate to use recent footage of the actress for scenes in Episode IX.
Lucasfilm obviously thought that this was a big enough rumour that it needed to be quashed and quash it they did.
2016 has been a cruel year, taking many actors, musicians, and other loved celebrities seemingly well before their time.