The Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: To Love and to Cherish

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta returned to Bravo on Sunday night, and things took a serious turn. 

As we previously reported back in June, Gregg Leakes is battling cancer. With reality TV filmed months in advance, the hit reality series opened up with a lot of details about the diagnosis. 

NeNe wasted no time in telling viewers all about the diagnosis, explaining that Gregg was taken to hospital in May and said he needed to get prepared for surgery straight away. 

The Real Housewives of Atlanta Season 11 Cast

"His health these last couple of years has been a lot," said NeNe. 

"We were not prepared to hear that," she continued, adding that she needed to be strong for her family.

"'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 sobbed. 

Gregg opened up about it when some of their friends and family showed up to wish him well. 

"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, adding:

"I went over and prayed to God, and I told him If it's time, let's go," the reality star added of learning he had cancer. 

NeNe Leakes and Husband

"I don't fear death; I don't want to go. If my work is finished here, take care of them, let's go."

That's when the season premiere turned into a somber affair. Gregg told everyone that he had written a letter for the doctor to give his wife if he did not pull through surgery. 

"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. 

Despite the surgery being successful, both NeNe and Gregg recognized that it could return. 

"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."

Porsha Williams in 2017

Elsewhere, Porsha's new boyfriend made a big impression on just about everyone, and Porsha seemed ready to move the relationship to the next stage. 

"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."

Porsha subsequently opened up about how her man was so rich. 

"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 gushed. 

"I just never had this type of connection on this level," she continued. "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 later met up with NeNe, and the two chatted about their lives, with NeNe revealing why she was not going sit at home and wallow in despair. 

Porsha Williams is Engaged

"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.

That's when Porsha continued to refer to Dennis as a "friend" and NeNe was quick to point that out to 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," NeNe dished to the cameras. 

Porsha later said she wanted to keep Dennis away from her castmates, presumably because she knows there's always some drama. 

"I am very protective over Dennis, I do not want other people in our little world right now," she admitted. "It is important for us as our friends to show her that we are here for you as well as Gregg."

But Porsha may have gotten her wish by the end of the episode. Dennis appeared with a box that looked a whole lot like an engagement ring. 

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The Real Housewives of Atlanta Quotes

[to Kenya Moore] You best hope nothing happens to me, because you might not have a job. I'm your storyline. I sustain your career . . . I built you, so stop playing games.

Apollo Nida

[to Kenya Moore] "You a sneaky, trifling slut."

Phaedra Parks