'The New Edition Story' Part Two: 5 Most Pivotal Moments From the R&B Group's BET Biopic

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The cast of BET's The New Edition Story.

Last night's (Jan. 25) continuation of BET’s three-part The New Edition Story saga centers on the drama that began eroding the group’s chemistry at the height of their career.

The adult cast -- comprised of Bryshere Y. Gray as Michael Bivins, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, Keith Powers as Ronnie Devoe, Woody McClain as Bobby Brown and Luke James as Johnny Gill -- reflects the trying times of brotherly beefs and bad publishing deals, including the pivotal decision of kicking Brown out of the group.

Though they faced many trials, there were key moments the reshaped the members' childhood bond and changed the trajectory of their respective careers. Below are the moments from last night's installment that shifted New Edition and made them the group we know today.

Bobby Brown saved Mike Bivins from being kicked out of the group

Things got heated between Brown and Bivins after a studio session, and Bivins snapped to the point of almost killing Brown. “I’ma keep my respect even if I gotta take it,” he said.

However, when management attempted to remove Bivins from the group, Brown spoke up on Bivins’ behalf. “I say Mike is staying. I know he tried to kill me, but did he?”

The group chalked it up to a brotherly spat, and Bivins was welcomed back after a two-week hiatus.

Brown was voted out of the group

Brown became the wild child of New Edition, missing tour dates and going on drug benders. Now a loose canon, he hogged extra stage time during performances, to the other members' dismay. After Tresvant cued the group to cut Brown’s solo moment short, Brown sealed his fate. "This is my group," he announced to the crowd before later provoking an onstage scuffle. "I just wanna say, this is the last time y’all see me with New Edition." Immediately after the show, the group made the difficult decision to send Brown home.

Bivins dumped their management

Bivins caught wind of how the group’s money was being mismanaged, and the truth about who New Edition was actually signed to (they were signed to a production company run by their manager, not MCA Records). He sought legal counsel and fired their manager to regain control of their publishing. Though the other group members hesitated with the decision in fear of losing their success, they all agreed to move forward without the manager, and Bivins began handling their business dealings.

Tresvant attempted to go solo

As Brown found success on his own, Tresvant was ready to follow suit but remain in NE. He tried to avoid ruffling the other members’ feathers, but the group wasn’t on board. To keep the checks rolling in, Bivins opted to make some new additions to the crew. "All I know is I’m not relying on that dude for us to eat," he told Ronnie DeVoe of the newly solo-ambituous Tresvant. "It’s time for a change."

Johnny Gill joined New Edition

Bivins recruited Gill without asking Tresvant, who was blindsided by the news during a studio session. He immediately rejected the idea. "I’m not splitting my money five ways again, so unless Bobby’s coming back, the four of us are New Edition," he told the remaining members of NE.

Later, Tresvant squashed his beef over Gill, and welcomed him as the much-needed new voice in the quintet.

The third installment of BET's three-part biopic The New Edition Story airs Thursday (Jan. 26) at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


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