Steve Carell is finally atoning for his sins. No, not "Evan Almighty." The former "Office" star came clean to The Hollywood Reporter about something that's been bothering him for years: Pranking innocent victims during his tenure as a correspondent on "The Daily Show."

“It’s one thing poking fun at people who deserve it," Carell said in the THR cover story. "But there was that flip side of shooting fish in a barrel. It’s just cruel."

Finally, his sleepless nights have ended! Confessing to Father THR will surely offer comedy solace to the funnyman.

Not all of Carell's "Daily Show" colleagues necessarily agree with his guilt. John Oliver, arguably the most successful correspondent since Carell and Colbert, said in a recent interview with HuffPost Comedy that he finds the interactions awkward, but not necessarily unethical.

"You'd be amazed that some of the most contentious interviews will ask for 20 copies of the show on DVD to show their family," he told HuffPost Comedy.

Now, Steve, you may want to explain why you tricked us into smacking down $13 for "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World."

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  • Steve Carell

    Before playing Michael Scott, Carell was a Daily Show correspondent from 1999 to 2005.

  • Demetri Martin

    Martin was a Daily Show contributing correspondent from 2005 to 2008.

  • Mo Rocca

    Rocca was a correspondent from 1998 to 2003 before moving to "The Tonight Show."

  • Rob Corddry

    The "Children's Hospital" star was a correspondent from 2002 to 2006.

  • Dave Attell

    Attell was a correspondent from 1999 to 2002.

  • Stephen Colbert

    Colbert started as a Daily Show correspondent in 1997, back when Craig Kilborn was hosting. He left in 2005 to star in "The Colbert Report."

  • Rob Riggle

    Riggle was a correspondent from 2006 to 2009.

  • Matt Walsh

    The UCB star was a correspondent from 2001 to 2002.

  • Ed Helms

    Before "The Hangover" and "The Office", Helms was a Daily Show correspondent from 2002 to 2006.

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