In a video posted to various social media platforms, Leakes addressed patrons at The Linnethia, her lounge in Atlanta, Georgia, and shared, "My husband is transitioning to the other side."
The remakes allegedly came in response to customers who called Leakes "rude" when she didn't wish their party a happy birthday as they were celebrating at her establishment.
"You don’t know what we’re dealing with right now," Leakes said over the loud speakers, seemingly addressing the group that called her out. "We walked in this lounge because we had to walk in this lounge because this is our business."
"So, when people approach and say, ‘You’re rude because you don’t want to say happy birthday,’ my husband is at home dying," she continued. "I don’t want to say, ‘Happy birthday,’ OK? So please, give us some respect. Please, give us some love, OK?"
At the time, NeNe said that her husband had undergone surgery amid a week-long hospital stay. While NeNe said in June that she expected her husband to return home the next week, he didn't do so for a month.
In 2018, Gregg was diagnosed with Stage III colon cancer. Following the initial diagnosis, Gregg underwent the same surgery he recently had, and went into remission for a time.