NeNe Leakes revealed her husband Gregg was battling stage three colon cancer on Sunday during the season 11 premiere of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta.
The 50-year-old reality star told the cameras that Gregg had been rushed to hospital in May suffering form excruciating pain and doctors had told him he needed immediate surgery.
‘His health these last couple of years has been a lot,’ said NeNe as she revealed his cancer diagnosis.
Cancer diagnosis: NeNe Leakes during the season 11 premiere of The Real Housewives Of Atlanta revealed her husband Gregg had stage three colon cancer
‘We were not prepared to hear that,’ said NeNe as she told the cameras she had to be strong for the family and not ‘crumble.’
‘I have put on a brave face but I have had many moments in my car alone and if my car could talk it would probably say ”this b**** cries too much”,’ Nene said.
NeNe invited some of her ‘spiritual’ friends to the house to pray for Gregg.
He told them that when he went to the hospital doctors told him he needed immediate surgery or he would not make it.
Fighting back: Gregg has been dealing with health issues in recent years but the cancer was unexpected
Brave face: NeNe said that she has put on a brave face, but still cried a lot in her car
‘I guess the scariest part about all of this is when we got to the hospital and the doctor saying that we need to do surgery on you tonight or you ain’t going to make it,’ said Gregg.
He added that he had been ready to face death.
‘I went over and prayed to God and I told him ‘If it’s time, let’s go”,’ said Gregg.
‘I don’t fear death, I don’t want to go. If my work is finished here, take care of them, let’s go.’
Gregg broke down in tears as he told the family that he had written NeNe a letter for the doctor give to her if he had not survived.
‘Writing that note was the hardest ever thing I did in my life but you never know what is in you until you are at that door, I never thought I had it in me to beat cancer but know I’m going to beat cancer’s ass,’ he said to cheers.
Hardest note: Gregg revealed that he wrote a letter to NeNe for the doctor to give her if he died
NeNe admitted the cancer could come back but was thankful they had caught the disease when they did.
‘You have been my light,’ Gregg told NeNe.
‘I couldn’t do this without you. I couldn’t. I wouldn’t even try. So I want to thank you, baby.’
Low energy: NeNe rallied Gregg who was slow to get up
Porsha Williams introduced her new boyfriend, Dennis, and it was clear she had her eyes on an engagement ring from him.
‘The power of the tongue is real. I said just at the beginning of this year I was going to meet the man I was going to marry, I’m going to get married this year,’ she said.
‘And here I am completely in love and white is going to be my new color as I am going to be Mrs McKinley.’
Tongue power: Porsha Williams declared that she was going to get married this year and got a new boyfriend
Porsha then told the cameras that her new man was ‘a boss of Atlanta’ who owned a string of lounges and nightclubs and a hot dog company.
‘He does really, really well. America loves hot dogs and these hot dogs are going to put a hell of a ring on my finger,’ she said as they went shopping for one.
Porsha said they had been together for five months and were introduced by a friend at his nightclub.
Ring shopping: The reality star went wedding ring shopping with new beau Dennis McKinley
‘I just never had this type of connection on this level,’ admitted Porsha as they sipped champagne.
‘He told me he loved me the first day we met and I was like ”I love you too” it felt natural and we just went with it.’
Porsha let it slip that she had bought her previous wedding ring at the same store as she slipped on a six-karat ring worth $145,700, followed by a 10-karat ring valued at $552,000.
Big ring: Porsha tried on some expensive wedding rings
Dennis was asked when he was going to propose and he told the jeweler ‘soon’ as Porsha predicted he may do it on her birthday trip to Miami.
In LoS Angeles, Kandi Burruss and Escape rehearsed for their tour and received the ASCAP Golden Note Award.
Kandi told the cameras that she was grateful for getting recognition later in their career.
Over dinner in Los Angeles, Kandi told her family that she did not want to leave any of her frozen embryos unused.
Frozen embryos: Kandi Burruss floated the idea of having more children
Her daughter Riley told her mom that she was too busy for any more kids, and Kandi told the cameras that she had a point.
Todd Tucker told Riley that if they wanted the lifestyle they had then they needed to work to pay for it.
At the awards show Kandi’s son, Ace, was on hand but the youngster was cranky before Jermaine Dupri introduced the band and handed them their awards.
No way: Riley shut down the idea of her mother having more kids
Major award: Kandi and Escape were honored with the ASCAP Golden Note Award
Cynthia Bailey engaged in a video chat with new boyfriend, Mike Hill, who she said she met through Steve Harvey and has been dating for three months.
‘Mike makes me happy, I know what I want, at least I know what I don’t want,’ she told the cameras.
And she let there be no doubt that the pair were enjoying their sex life.
Video chat: Cynthia Bailey chatted with her new boyfriend Mike Hill
‘What makes Mike different is that he has swum in the cool waters of Lake Bailey – several times.’
Cynthia explained they were in a long-distance relationship as Mike is a Los Angeles-based sportscaster.
‘It kinda sucks,’ she said honestly as he told her he ‘wanted a partner’ and could see ‘a life-long relationship with you in some sort of way.’
Long distance: Mike was in a long-distance romance with Cynthia from Los Angeles
Cynthia’s daughter, Noelle, 18, then jumped into the conversation and was soon shooed off by her mom.
Eva Marcille then introduced her family to viewers at a photoshoot.
The housewife brought along fiance Michael, her four-year-old daughter Marley and two-month-old Michael Jr.
Kinda sucks: Cynthia admitted that the long-distance relationship ‘kinda sucks’
Eva told the cameras she was due to get married in three months and had a 92 point checklist to get through before the big day.
She explained that Michael had come into their lives when Marley was one and ‘was the only dad she knows.’
‘Michael brings love and stability and protection and it is every single thing you would want a man to bring to your child,’ she said.
Family portrait: Eva Marcille took family photos with fiance Michael, her four-year-old daughter Marley and two-month-old Michael Jr.
Model Eva took the chance to get some solo work in and got a few shots in at the show’s other model, Cynthia.
‘The difference between our modeling styles is about 20 years,’ she said.
Porsha met up with NeNe and wanted to know how the housewife was handling things.
Top model: The America’s Next Top Model winner showed her model looks
‘I’m the sort of person who would prefer to throw myself into work. I am not one to sit at home in a depression so I will continue to function,’ NeNe told her.
Porsha told NeNe she was going to Miami with a friend, and NeNe cut to the chase with the cameras.
‘Porsha’s been telling me a lot about how she has a new friend, it’s a guy, okay. Porsha has puppy eyes, she’s really feeling somebody,’ said NeNe.
NeNe then said the pair ‘were in a great place considering what we have been through’ as she bought her some Miami outfits.
‘Girl this is nasty,’ said Porsha as she came out wearing one of the tight and revealing outfits and twerked to make her friend laugh.
Back in Atlanta, Porsha suggested organizing a girls trip to Miami to support NeNe’s comedy show but Porsha was adamant she would keep Dennis away from the girls.
Twerking it: Porsha made NeNe laugh by twerking in tight clothes
‘It is important for us as our friends to show her that we are here for you as well as Gregg,’ Porsha told the cameras.
Porsha admitted she did not have a relationship with Kandi but ‘an understanding’ and their phone call was cold until she joked it was just them going and they should fly together.
An understanding: Kandi agreed to go to Miami with Porsha to support NeNe
In Miami, Porsha told Dennis that she had invited the girls down to surprise NeNe.
Porsha explained she had ‘shaky’ relationships with Marlo Hampton and Kandi and asked Dennis if had met Kandi before.
Dennis was evasive and said they had met before but he could not remember when.
Birthday girl: Porsha was also celebrating her birthday in Miami
Porsha suggested Dennis not meet them until after they were engaged and when he organized a private chef and a rose-petal filled apartment Porsha could not hide her excitement.
‘Come on now, if I don’t get proposed to tonight then I don’t know who is,’ she said.
Dennis then told her had a surprise for her as came back into the room with a box in hand as the episode ended.
RHOA will return next Sunday on Bravo.
Proposal coming: The reality star was expecting to get proposed to in Miami