Started by 4Chan members in 2007, Rick Astley has said before that he doesn't mind the meme. In an interview with the LA Times, Astley said he found it "bizarre and funny." Astley added that his main consideration was that his daughter doesn’t get embarrassed about it.
YouTube has yet to comment on the removal of the video but it'll be interesting to see what they do say. On April Fool's Day, YouTube arranged for all the featured videos on the homepage to link through to the video, Rickrolling thousands of people.