It was just an acknowledgment of a good hit.
A long time ago when I was serving as XO on Eisenhower, Jennings, along with a producer and a small production crew spent several days aboard while we were in the Eastern Mediterranean. They were on the way back home from the Mideast and were getting an interview with the Fleet Commander and some stock film footage of flight ops. Jennings had some time on his hands and we spent some of it together. A very likeable, knowledgable guy who spent a good deal of time all over the Mid east ... open, unpretentious, he got on well with everyone.
While they were aboard we lost a small transport aircraft in bad weather, and, after a day's search, found the wreckage impaled on a mountain in Crete. The normal procedure in such cases is to immediately notify the families of those aboard of the missing aircraft and, when the result is confirmed, their deaths. When all involved have been directly informed (in person) by Navy Reps back home, we send out a press release, but not before that. (Don't want any wives finding out their husbands are dead on the TV news.)
It turns out that the discovery of the wreckage occurred early on the morning of the scheduled departure of Jennings and the ABC crew. Just before the ABC folks were to board their aircraft for the launch & flight to Naples, I let them know about the story, and asked how we could reach them ashore in Naples to inform them when they could release the story about the aircraft crash. I immediately got an indignant lecture about freedom of the press from the very self-important producer, and despite my explanation, could not budge him. Concerned, I called the captain, who said he would take care of it, and then invited them all up to the bridge to say farewell.
As they were exchanging pleasantries with the Captain (sitting on his elevated chair) on the bridge, he turned, looked down on the flight deck, where the aircraft (including the transport for the ABC folks) were assembling behind the catapults, picked up the phone to the Air Boss in the Tower and asked if that was an hudraulic leak he saw on the transport. After a few moments we heard the Caprain say, "OK, that's what I thought. Wrap it up and take it to the hangar deck." He then turned to the group and said "I guess you folks aren't going anywhere today." Everyone understood. Jennings smiled, but the producer was pissed.
We all had a very good meal that night in the Captain's mess.