On the table means, what? That's why he shouldn't say anything - I would never say that until it is done. Basic management. Then people will think they will get the special dividend, but if they don't you will have people upset. "People" will get paranoid and say or write stupid things, blaming it on the MAN.
Ask any real trader/investor. They know when a company might buyback stock or payout a dividend. If you look at the balance sheet and CF box office, it should not be surprising that they are talking about buybacks and dividends.