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Using speak in SessionEndedRequest - custom exit message via "Exit" utterance

Hi guys,

I can't seem to get my skill to speak inside of an SessionEndedRequest. I'm calling SessionEndedRequest by using the utterance "Exit"

The SessionEndedRequest is called. The Console.Log is printed.

JSON Request:

    "request": {
        "type": "SessionEndedRequest",
        "requestId": "amzn1.echo-api.request.34125568-37fb-4911-b119-7acfc08ade50",
        "timestamp": "2019-07-29T19:08:09Z",
        "locale": "en-US",
        "reason": "USER_INITIATED"


const SessionEndedRequestHandler = {
  canHandle(handlerInput) {
    console.log('Inside SessionEndedRequestHandler');
    return handlerInput.requestEnvelope.request.type === 'SessionEndedRequest';
  handle(handlerInput) {
    console.log('Session ended with reason: ' + handlerInput.requestEnvelope.request.reason);

    return handlerInput.responseBuilder

JSON Response:

    "body": {
        "version": "1.0",
        "response": {
            "outputSpeech": {
                "type": "SSML",
                "ssml": "<speak>Thank you for accessing our skill. See you next time!</speak>"
            "type": "_DEFAULT_RESPONSE"
        "sessionAttributes": {
            "lastResponse": "last response entered here",
            "lastHandler": "Launch"
        "userAgent": "ask-node/2.6.0 Node/v8.10.0"

I've read in the documentation that "Your skill cannot return a response to SessionEndedRequest" which probably answers my question, but has anyone found a way to respond to users with a custom exit message using the "exit" utterance?



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