I know that this guy is an entertainment jerk, and you are probably correct that he says these outrageous things for the attention. But...
I have to say, I haven't heard much realistic talk about these 5 in the more serious venues either.
I hear a lot of talk about whether or not they are going to "return/enter the 'battlefield'" and the accompanying speculation about if/when they can "return to Afghanistan?!?!?" (I'm not even going to mention this more general meme that is being pushed: once our troops are out of Afghanistan, the "war" will be "over.") The impression that I get when I read/hear these discussions paints a picture that the debate is about whether or not these Talibs are going to be able to, or be motivated to, pick up an AK-47, sling it over their shoulder, and charge into a shooting assault on a soldier. This totally obscures the point; that isn't the kind of Talib that we are talking about with these 5.
They are commanders, leaders, their roles aren't about picking up a weapon and shooting anyone, nor are they going to be in a ditch planting an IED.
I suspect that all 5 of them have been "back on the battlefield" soon after touching down in Qatar. No doubt they each have been given at least 1 encrypted sat phone, and when they were 'reunited' with their family/friends that joined them at the hi-end villas they are living at, any contact information that they needed was readily provided.
These 5 are most likely already re-engaged, they are making calls, setting up funding and resources, coordinating the enlistment and movement of their operatives, discussing strategies and tactics, etc. You know, the stuff that commanders/general officers do....
All this talk about them being "grey beards" and "too old" to re-join the "battle" is absurd. At best it is wishful thinking.